A Florida rapper is accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend just three days after he was acquitted of murdering two men. Police say the Florida man was motivated to murder the woman because she believed that he was the father of the unborn child.
Pregnant mother shot to death with her toddler son in the car
Alana Sims, 22, was shot in the head and killed in the New Tampa neighborhood on Jan. 30. The dead body of Sims was found outside her car in the Easton Park subdivision. Sims’ 18-month-old son was found unharmed, sleeping in a car seat inside a 2021 Fort Ecosport. Sims was five months pregnant at the time of her murder.
Police suspect that Sims was killed by Billy Bennett Adams III – a rapper who performs under the stage name “Ace NH.”
Investigators believe that Sims had been “lured” to the subdivision to attend a party to celebrate Adams’ acquittal.
Tampa police Major Mike Stout said Sims considered Adams to be her boyfriend, and she believed that he was the father of her unborn child. Adams disputed that he was the father of the unborn child.
Adams, 25, claimed that he was home the entire evening of Jan. 30.
Surveillance cameras caught a vehicle registered to Adams’ father entering the subdivision around the same time as Sims’ car, according to court documents.
Adams recanted his earlier statements about being home all night when he was confronted by police about the surveillance video connecting him to the crime scene. He told investigators that he was with friends on the night of Sims’ murder. Adams reportedly provided police with a video of him out with friends, and claimed it was taken on Jan. 30. However, investigators determined that he altered the video and that the footage was actually recorded on Feb. 1.
When confronted by police again, Adams reportedly admitted that he met Sims at the Easton Park subdivision. He even confessed to killing her, but claimed that Sims was the aggressor and he reacted in self-defense, according to court documents.
Authorities said, “Initially the defendant stated that the victim pulled a gun on him and while the defendant wrestled with the victim he shot her. When the defendant could not demonstrate the events the defendant changed his statement to the fact that the victim pulled a gun on him and he was able to get the gun away from the victim and then shot her in the head as self-defense.”
Adams was arrested on Wednesday on charges related to the shooting death of the pregnant mother. Adams was charged with first-degree murder. He also faces a charge of killing an unborn child by injury to the mother.
Suspect was acquitted of double murder days earlier after claiming self-defense
Just three days before Sims was murdered, Adams was acquitted of first-degree murder and burglary charges.
A Tampa jury acquitted Adams for the 2020 murder of two men in a recording studio in Lutz, Florida.
During the trial, Adams claimed that he shot Trevon Albury and Daniel Thompson in self-defense. Adams claimed that he overheard Albury and Thompson discussing a plot to rob the studio’s owner, Joseph Meeks.
Adams told the court that Albury pointed a gun at the back of Meeks.
“I pulled out my gun and I shot Mr. Albury in fear for Mr. Meeks being shot or myself being shot,” Adams alleged.
Adams claimed Thompson attempted to take away his gun so he shot him twice in the face.
“I was in fear that he would have shot me or Mr. Meeks,” Adams testified. “So I shot Mr. Thompson, back to back.”
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Sabella told Adams after the jury’s verdict, “The jury did find that you are not criminally responsible for that, but I certainly hope that you find yourself in the future never in a situation that may involve anything like this. I don’t ever want to see you back here in this courthouse.”
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