Victims: William Ryan Andrews (killed), Lynda McAdams (killed)
The accused: Michael McAdams

Andrews

William Ryan Andrews

White male

Age at time: 37

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Undated family photo

McAdams

Lynda McAdams

White female

Age at time: 46

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office, undated

 
McAdams

Michael McAdams

White male

Age at time: 47

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 2009

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Victim's Home

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2009

Location details: The couple's former home; the wife was staying there, the husband was not; in Dade City, Pasco County, on Oct. 18, 2009

What happened: Michael McAdams fatally shot his estranged wife and her lover after he found them together at the former family home. McAdams claimed William Ryan Andrews insulted him and challenged him to a fight. McAdams refused and said he left the house only to see the new couple having sex through a window. Enraged, he grabbed a gun that he said he stored under a milk jug by the front door and shot his wife in the face and her boyfriend in the head. He buried the bodies in the woods in Hernando County. McAdams claimed self defense, saying Andrews wanted to fight and his wife was hitting him when he fired. Forensic evidence ran counter to the details McAdams provided, however, and a jury found him guilty.

The outcome: Circuit Judge Susan Gardner denied McAdams "stand your ground" claim, calling it a "creative application" of the law. McAdams was convicted of first-degree murder.

Investigating agency: Hernando County Sheriff

Investigating agency: Pasco County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Jury

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

Check

Did the defendant pursue the victim?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

Was the defendant on his or her property?

Check

Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Tampa Bay Times, May 18, 2011.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, June 18, 2011. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013