Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Man suffers gunshot — then is charged with abuse, tampering in Hernando

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BROOKSVILLE — A 30-year-old man shot this week during a domestic dispute was taken to jail within hours of being released from the hospital Wednesday.

Kevin Alexander Rooks was arrested at the home he shares with Diana Adams on Maycrest Avenue, northwest of Brooksville, the Hernando Sheriff's Office said. He is charged with abuse of an elderly or disabled person and witness tampering.

No additional details about the arrest were released. A sheriff's spokeswoman said the case will be reviewed by the State Attorney's Office. Rooks was being held without bail Thursday at the Hernando County Detention Center. In his mug shot, bandages cover Rooks' neck and forehead.

A woman called 911 about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to report that she was being beaten and that a man had been shot. Deputies arrived at 13069 Maycrest and found Rooks suffering from a gunshot wound. Investigators say Adams, 55, shot Rooks during a domestic dispute. She has not been charged.

Adams bought the home in 2006, and Rooks is also listed as an owner. The couple share the house with Adams' two adult children, Robert and Heather, both of whom have spina bifida and use wheelchairs.

Neighbors said the couple had a volatile relationship and fought frequently. A dispatch report shows Hernando deputies have been called to house for verbal disturbances at least four times in the past three years.

The arrest is Rooks' second in Florida. He was charged in August with abuse of a disabled person and two counts of battery, but the charges were later dropped.

According to an arrest report, a deputy responding on Aug. 5 to a call about a fight found Adams lying on the ground in front of the house. She had scrapes on her left wrist and bruising on her right arm.

Adams told a deputy that Rooks, who is described as her fiance in the report, was upset about money and forced her to drink alcohol so they could have a "normal conversation," the report states. She said he struck her with a closed fist and pushed her to the ground, then went upstairs and hit Robert Adams in the face, causing bruising and swelling.

Robert Adams told the deputy that as he tried to call 911, Rooks pressed Robert's arm across his neck, cutting off his air supply, the report states.

Assistant State Attorney Shannon Laviano said Diana Adams came to Rooks' first court appearance and asked a judge to lift the standard no-contact order put in place after a domestic battery arrest. Adams described the incident as a misunderstanding, Laviano said. She and Robert signed waivers of prosecution.

"They just wanted (Rooks) home," she said.

Tony Marrero can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1431. Follow him on Twitter @tmarrerotimes.

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