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Three held for trial in attack on Steelers' Adams

| Thursday, July 18, 2013, 3:39 p.m.
James Knox
Steelers right tackle Mike Adams (center) leaves Pittsburgh municipal court Thursday July 18, 2013 out the back door.

Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Adams testified Thursday in Municipal Court that he had just stepped out of his Ford-150 Raptor after eating a sandwich when three men approached him on East Carson Street and demanded he hand over his truck.

When he refused, one man showed him a pistol, and Adams said he responded by asking, “In front of all these people? Are you really going to kill me for no reason?”

They exchanged a few more words, and then one man punched him and another stabbed him before all three ran off, Adams said.

Lawyers for two of the three Hazelwood men said their clients were eating food from the Cambod-Ican Kitchen early in the morning of June 1 when a belligerent Adams bumped into them and started a fight.

District Judge Edward Tibbs held the men for trial on charges ranging from conspiracy to attempted homicide.

Michael Paranay, 25, is jailed in lieu of $1 million bond. Dquay Means, 26, and Jerrell Whitlock, 26, are jailed with $100,000 bonds, court records show.

Adams testified that Means showed him the pistol, Paranay punched him and Whitlock stabbed him. He said he heard Whitlock say, “Let me kill him.”

Adams said he was hospitalized four days, and surgeons had to put his colon back together from the stabbing.

Whitlock's attorney, William Difenderfer, and Paranay's attorney, Randall McKinney, said Adams' version of events isn't credible. They doubt his claim that he had only two drinks over three hours at the Local Bar + Kitchen before the encounter.

Monte Rabner, Means' attorney, said the defense wants to know who Adams was out with and to see any blood analysis from the hospital to verify his blood-alcohol level.

Tibbs shut down that line of questioning, saying how much Adams had to drink wasn't relevant.

“If he was drunk in the street when he was stabbed and assaulted, it wouldn't matter,” the judge said.

Police charged Means with escape because he fled when officers went to his mother's home to question him. He surrendered about five hours later, said Pittsburgh police Detective Robert Shaw.

Whitlock is charged with flight to avoid arrest because he and his girlfriend, Precious Gethers, took their 3-year-old son to Gainesville, Fla., where police arrested them on June 14.

Difenderfer said that behavior isn't surprising.

“A lot of people don't like to go to jail,” he said. “They delay the inevitable.”

Police charged Gethers with harboring a fugitive and providing false information to law enforcement. She waived a hearing and is awaiting arraignment, according to court records.

McKinney said he's sympathetic to the injury Adams suffered but that the defendants' version of events is more plausible. He declined to specify why.

“We certainly don't want to show our hand this early in the game,” he said.

Brian Bowling is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

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