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Trial begins in Pasco double homicide

DADE CITY — Investigators found the bodies buried in 4-foot-deep pits. They were weighted down with dumbbells.

Deep in the woods in Spring Hill, somewhere beyond the intersection of Peaceful Avenue and Hurricane Drive, Lynda McAdams and William Ryan Andrews were buried in a place they might never have been found.

Except the killer led the cops to them.

Michael McAdams, in a recorded interview with sheriff's detectives, confessed to shooting his estranged wife, Lynda, and Andrews, her boyfriend. He told them how he did it, and what led him to kill. Attorneys repeated the details for jurors on Tuesday, as McAdams went on trial facing two charges of first-degree murder.

In October 2009, McAdams was at his lowest point. Financially ruined. Losing his family. Addicted to alcohol and pills.

When his wife asked him for a divorce, he agreed. They were still friendly. He even slept at their home one night after he had moved out. He was lonely and she let him stay.

That's what he wanted to do the night of Oct. 18, 2009, when he drove the long, country road out to their house on Palamino Lake Drive in Darby. But when he got there, he spotted a strange truck in the driveway.

When he knocked, his wife answered the door naked. She had a man there. He insulted McAdams, challenged his manhood.

"F--- both of you," McAdams said in defeat. "This isn't worth it."

He turned to leave, he later told deputies, but before he did he looked in a window and saw his wife of 24 years and her younger boyfriend in the throes of passion.

"He snapped. He broke," McAdams' lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

He grabbed a gun hidden near the front door, under an old milk jug. He fired at Andrews once, then again. Lynda ran toward him, screaming "What have you done? You're going to die in hell!"

Then he pointed the gun at her and fired a bullet just above her right eye. He put another bullet in the back of Andrews' head.

When he couldn't sleep that night, he went back to the house and cleaned the crime scene.

McAdams, 49, is now on trial and faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.

"He made a conscious decision to stop, and from a premeditated design, went back to the doorway, grabbed the .38-caliber revolver and shot and killed Lynda McAdams and Ryan Andrews," Assistant State Attorney Manny Garcia told the jury.

Dillon Vizcarra, one of McAdams' attorneys, argued for a manslaughter conviction.

"We're telling you that he's not guilty of first-degree premeditated murder because if you look at all of this evidence … and if you consider with an open mind you can try to understand where Mike McAdams was at," Vizcarra said. "There was no premeditation."

McAdams worked for years as a carpenter for the Pinellas County school district. Before this, he had never been arrested in Florida. He and Lynda, 46, had two daughters. She met Andrews, 37, at her job at a graphics company. The day before he died, he went fishing with his dad.

Lindsey McAdams took the stand Tuesday and said she had talked with her father one day for two hours about what was happening with their family. He was upset about his marriage ending.

"Did your father tell you that he would kill any man that he found in his residence?" Garcia asked her.

"Yes," she said, "that was the wordage."

The trial continues today.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at or on Twitter: mmoorheadtimes.

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