The 16-year-old teen who shot a 24-year-old newlywed father-to-be during a robbery was all smiles as he entered the court room for his hearing on Thursday.
Simeon Adams of Indianapolis is facing murder charges after fatally shooting 24-year-old computer programmer Nathan Trapuzzano on April 1. When a reporter asked Adams if he had anything to say, the teen simply laughed.
In all, Adams is facing a count of “knowing murder,” felony murder, attempted robbery, and gun charges. He will be tried as an adult and faces up to 65 years in prison for the murder charge with a minimum of 45 years if convicted. The attempted robbery charge will be an enhanced one since it was committed with a firearm, and carries a 20- to 50-year prison stint.
Adams was reported to the police by his friend who says the teen turned to him after the incident. On April 1, Adams called Marvell Robinson and said “Man, the police is out here and they are looking for me.” He then confessed to Robinson what had happened, saying “white man tried to tussle with me so I shot him.”
The night before, Adams was involved in yet another shooting. The teen reportedly shot a man named Erick Douglas three times, hitting him twice in the groin and once in the leg. Adams was shot in the neck during the exchange and was taken to the hospital that night. Just six hours later, he killed Trapuzzano.
The teen’s uncle said that Adams has been in and out of juvenile detention centers ever since his mother died. Since 2007, Adams has been arrested multiple times on weapons, drugs, and robbery charges.