Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014

Abuse charges dropped against Brooksville shooting victim

Published:   |   Updated: January 2, 2014 at 05:17 PM

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando State Attorney's Office has dropped abuse and witness tampering charges against Kevin Rooks, who was shot by his fiancee in November.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, Diana Adams called the Hernando County Sheriff's Office to report she had been beaten, and her fiance, Kevin Rooks, had been shot in the area of his neck and shoulder.

Rooks, 30, was airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, treated for his injuries, and returned home to 13069 Maycrest Ave. the following day. Later that afternoon, sheriff's deputies served a warrant and arrested Rooks on charges of abuse of a disabled adult and tampering with a witness.

A probable cause affidavit shows Rooks and Adams, 55, argued for the two days leading up to the shooting. Rooks accused Adams of loving her children more than him, and hit her in the head and upper body multiple times, leaving bruises and scratches.

Rooks then attacked Adams' son, Robert Adams, who has spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down, after he attempted to call 911.

"Kevin (Rooks) pulled Robert from the bed slamming him onto the floor and then pulled the telephone from the wall," the affidavit states.

Adams and her two children were hospitalized as well after the shooting for unrelated medical issues.

On Nov. 15, Rooks was released on $1,000 bond, paid by Adams' daughter.

On Dec. 17, the State dropped the charges against Rooks.

Assistant State Attorney Shannon Laviano said the victims requested the charges be dropped against Rooks, but added she is awaiting additional information from law enforcement on the case.

Criminal charges have not been filed against Adams for shooting Rooks.

In August, Rooks was arrested after beating Adams and Robert Adams, and attempting to strangle Robert Adams according to court records.

Robert Adams posted Rooks' bail the day after his arrest, and prosecutors later dropped the abuse charges at the victims' request.


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