On March 22, 1997, John Wade Adams placed an
emergency 911 call to the Dallas Police
Department stating that he had witnessed a murder the night
Adams subsequently led the authorities to an abandoned white
Chrysler New Yorker registered to Donna
Duncan Vick. This led to the discovery of
Ms. Vick, found murdered in the master bedroom of her home with
a pillow covering her face and lying in a
pool of blood.
The lack of evidence to demonstrate a
struggle elsewhere in the room indicated that the attack
occurred on Ms. Vick's bed with her
assailant straddling her on the bed during the murder. Ms.
Vick sustained multiple stab wounds, bruises, and cuts to her
face, neck, chin, hands, and throat area.
Ms. Vick, a fifty-two-year-old widow known for ministering to
and aiding the homeless, had invited
Gregory Wright, a homeless person and panhandler, to reside in
her house in exchange for doing yard work. Wright had
been staying there as a guest for about
one week prior to the night of the killing.
On the day before the killing, Wright and
Ms. Vick drove in her car to a house in north
Oak Cliff belonging to Llewelyn Mosley where Wright
purchased and used crack cocaine before
leaving with Ms. Vick. Later that evening Wright and Ms. Vick
returned to Mosley's house, where they
met up with Adams. The three left together
in Ms. Vick's car. Id.
The evidence reflects that they all went to the VFW lodge
around midnight where they stayed until 2:00 a.m. The
three men returned to Ms. Vick's home,
where Ms. Vick cooked some food for Adams and Wright. Ms. Vick
then went to bed. Id. At some point thereafter, Wright held up a
paper towel toward Adams with the words
"Do you want to do it?" written on it. Id
The two men, armed
with Adams' pocketknifeanda butcher knife from Ms. Vick's
kitchen, went back to her bedroom where
they proceeded to stab Ms. Vick repeatedly to her death. Id.
Wright and Adams then gathered up iems in the house
belonging to Ms. Vick, including her
microwave, portable CD player, TV, VCR, computer equipment, and
newly purchased weedeater and placed them in her car
where they transported them to the crack
house to trade for drugs.
Adams was convicted of capital murder in a separate trial six
months following Wrigh's conviction.
John Wade Adams