Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

June 3, 2013

Former physician’s assistant indicted for deaths of 2 at Claremore Veterans Center

CLAREMORE —

An indictment for Kenneth A. Adams, a former Claremore Veterans Center licensed Physician’s Assistant was unsealed Monday afternoon at the Rogers County Courthouse. 
The state’s multicounty grand jury issued the indictment last week following an investigation of the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs after the death of 85-year-old veteran Jay Minter in May 2012.
“The actions of Mr. Kenneth Adams led to the death of Mr. Minter and Arterberry and this is the first step toward accountability and justice, making sure he is held accountable for their deaths,” said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. “We’re looking forward to presenting the case to the grand jury. The indictment shows of evidence that was submitted to the multicounty grand jury that warrants the charges for second degree murder of both veterans.”
Adams was indicted on two felony counts of second degree murder, two counts of caretaker neglect and one misdemeanor count of failing to initiate a medicolegal investigation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
According to indictment information, Adams received  two felony counts for intentionally committing caretaker neglect.
Minter suffered thermal burns that covered more than 50 percent of his body. 
In addition, Adams received two counts for intentionally committing caretaker neglect in March 2012, which led to the death of 86-year-old Louis Arterberry after Adams ignored the signs Arterberry was having a stroke.
The fifth count alleges that Adams knowingly provided false and misleading information to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which resulted in the office declining to perform an investigation into the manner, causing Minter’s death.
An investigation of Minter’s death by the Department of Veterans Affairs early on, also identified intentional negligence by a nurse and three of the center’s staff.
Adams is being held on a $100,000 bond and during the hearing was ordered to surrender his passport.
Arraignment date has been set to take place at 1:30 p.m. on June 10 in Rogers County District Court.

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