Supreme Court to hear ap­peal

Elyria man serv­ing 34 years for 2013 shoot­ing death

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Keith Reynolds kreynolds@morningjournal.com @MJ_KReynolds on Twit­ter

An Elyria man cur­rently serv­ing 34 years in prison for the shoot­ing death of his girl­friend’s best friend in 2013, was granted a de­layed ap­peal Oct. 11 by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Tove Adams, 47, was found guilty by a 12-mem­ber Lo­rain County Com­mon Pleas Court jury of one count of mur­der, two counts of felo­nious as­sault, and sin­gle counts count of tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence and hav­ing weapons while un­der dis­abil­ity May 8, 2015, for the shoot­ing death of 48-year-old An­thony L. Coats.

Ac­cord­ing to court fil­ings, Adams pre­vi­ously filed an ap­peal on seven as­sign­ments of er­ror, which were all de­nied March 31.

Adams missed the July dead­line to file an­other

ap­peal, claim­ing his doc­u­ments were re­turned be­cause he failed to in­clude a stamped copy of the de­ci­sion for his for­mer ap­peal, he wrote in his mo­tion for a de­layed ap­peal.

The proper pa­per­work was filed Aug. 22 and the court has cho­sen to hear the ap­peal.

Adams is re­quired to file a me­moran­dum in sup­port of the court hav­ing ju­ris­dic­tion over the case in 30 days, ac­cord­ing to fil­ings.

Ac­cord­ing to state­ments by Elyria po­lice at the time of Adams’ original trial, he was upset be­cause he be­lieved his girl­friend was “fool­ing around” with Coats.

On June 2, 2013, Coats was drop­ping the woman off at her home after an evening out.

Adams, who was parked around the cor­ner, ex­ited his ve­hi­cle and fired four or five rounds at Coats’ car while Coats was in it, po­lice said.

After be­ing struck with a bul­let, Coats was able to drive a short dis­tance be­fore strik­ing a util­ity pole, de­tec­tives said.

Coats was trans­ported to what is now Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals Elyria Med­i­cal Cen­ter, 630 River St., where he later died of his in­juries.

Adams was taken into cus­tody the next day, po­lice said.

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