Suspect arrested in 2013 Melissa murder mystery

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by JOBIN PANICKER and JOSH DAVIS

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WFAA

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 22 at 2:12 PM

MELISSA -- The Melissa Police Department, along with the Texas Rangers and members of the US Marshal Service’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, arrested Michael Kevin Adams, 50, of Frisco and charged him with capital murder Friday.

Bond was set at $10 million.

Adams is accused of killing his ex-fiance, Nicole Leger, on Sept. 9, 2013. Leger was found shot dead in her home in Melissa by her teenage son after school.

According to the arrest warrant, analysis of physical evidence at the murder scene tied Adams, who was previously a person of interest in the case, to the crime.

Leger's son said Adams had threatened to kill his mother and was out on bond for pending aggravated sexual assault charge and unlawful restraint charges that Leger had brought against Adams in March 2013.

Adams said he was in Frisco at the time of the murder, but DNA evidence indicated he had been at the Melissa home. Leger had a protective order against Adams and he wouldn't have had access to where she was living.

The suspect also had a large collection of weapons and ammunition, some of which that he kept in his ex-wife's storage unit. A search of that unit provided an unfired bullet that had markings that matched a shell casing at the Leger crime scene. A forensic scientist with the DPS Crime Laboratory determined the unfired bullet had been loaded into the same magazine as the shell casing.

The warrant notes that Leger was "the essential, primary witness" in the aggravated sexual assault and unlawful restraint cases, and that an officer investigating the case believes Adams killed Leger to prevent her testimony.

Adams is currently being held at the Collin County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

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