Capital murder trial reset

BROWNSVILLE — The trial date for a McAllen man accused of killing his estranged wife and dumping her body in the Laguna Madre last May has been postponed until August.

Terry Lee Adams, 68, is charged with capital murder in connection with the death of Martha Beatrice Adams, 53, of McAllen, whose body was found April 30. The couple had been married for 12 years but had recently separated at the time of the murder. Adams was scheduled for trial Monday.

Monte Eric Jordan, 60, the victim’s son-in-law, also is charged with capital murder. At the time of his arrest, authorities said Jordan allegedly participated in the killing and disposal of Martha Adams’ body. Investigators reported finding zip ties in Jordan’s vehicle similar to zip ties used to bind the victim.

When her body was found, law enforcement officials reported finding her bound with zip ties and rope, and that two 25-pound weights were attached to the woman in an attempt to keep the body down.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

The pair was indicted last August. According to those indictments, the suspects are accused of possibly injecting Martha Adams with some type of substance.

The men are accused of causing her death “by drowning and/or inflicting blunt force trauma with an object unknown to the Grand Jury and/or by injecting a substance unknown to the Grand Jury into the body of victim.”

Prosecutors announced in September they would not be seeking the death penalty.

Adams and Jordan remain in jail.