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Friends collect money for bonds in Masury teen's killing



Published: Sat, August 22, 2009 @ 12:07 a.m.

Two Masury residents arraigned on charges tied to a fatal shooting posted bond.

WARREN — Two Masury residents tied by authorities to the fatal shooting of a teenager were released from the Trumbull County Jail on Friday after posting bond money collected with the help of friends.

One of Karen Adams’ friends maintained that the woman was just protecting her family.

Handcuffed and wearing orange jail jumpsuits, Adams and Paul Sundy Jr., both of Stateline Road, were arraigned before Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Adams, 29, is charged with fatally shooting Robert Flynn, 15, of Masury after he and three teen friends drove to the 1628 Stateline Road home owned by Sundy, 40, over an altercation involving Sundy’s teenage daughter.

The teens were reportedly outside a vehicle when Adams fired a .22-caliber gun, striking Flynn once in the head, police said. He was later pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Adams is charged with one count of murder with a gun specification, three counts of felonious assault and one charge of tampering with evidence.

Sundy is charged with one count of obstructing justice and one count of tampering with evidence.

Both pleaded innocent.

Judge Logan set bond at $10,000 cash or surety for Sundy and $1 million cash for Adams.

But Adams’ bond was reduced to $100,000 cash or surety by Judge W. Wyatt McKay, who will preside over Adams’ case.

Both people posted bond — $7,000 for Adams and $700 for Sundy — and have pretrial hearings next week.

Amy Hanlon, a friend of the two, said friends and family worked diligently to obtain the bond money.

Atty. Anthony Antonucci, representing Adams and Sundy, said “surrounding circumstances” were the reason for the bond reduction.

Antonucci said Adams acted out of instinct.

“You’ve got to protect yourself,” he said. “If somebody comes in to [your] driveway — at 2:30 in the morning, by the way — what are you going to do?”

Hanlon said the teens were armed with baseball bats and tire irons and Adams acted out of fear to protect her family, including two children age 8 and 10.

“She was petrified that night,” Hanlon added. “All she saw was four teenagers coming at [her] with something in their hands. She was petrified. She was like a mama bear protecting her cubs.”

Why didn’t Adams didn’t call the police?

“She should probably have called the police, but when you’re in a panic like that, you don’t think,” Hanlon said. “All you are thinking is, ‘Oh my God, my babies are in that house.’ You see four — and at that time she didn’t know they were juveniles — all she saw was four men coming at her house.”

But according to a Hubbard Township police report, Adams gave officers the location of a second gun that was not used, instead of the weapon in question. Police recovered about a dozen guns from the home that belongs to Sundy, a hunter. Six brass shell casings were found in the grass and driveway area, the report said.

Many in the courtroom had expected a lesser bond amount for Adams and were shocked to hear the initial $1 million figure.

“The public pressure is putting everything on these people,” Antonucci said of Adams and Sundy. He said raising $1 million was “not within [Adams’] ability to do so.”

He suggested a reduced bond or house arrest, but was told by Judge Logan that he would have to address the issue in front of Judge McKay at Adams’ pretrial hearing Wednesday. Sundy will appear before Logan on Tuesday.

Chuck Morrow, assistant county prosecutor, said a $1 million figure is common with homicide cases.

“This case involves a homicide, the death of an individual,” he said. “The sentence [upon conviction] is a life sentence with parole eligibility after 15 years. In those kinds of situations, people are flight risks, and so in order to ensure their appearance, which a bond is meant to do, we requested a $1 million bond.”

Antonucci said bond was not to be used as a punishment but rather as assurance a party will attend all legal proceedings. He stated Adams was a lifelong resident and not a flight risk.

jmoffett@vindy.com


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1itbelinda(22 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Good for Judge McKay and thank God for good friends.

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2ytowngramma(39 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

She really should have waited for them to come INTO her house and then blew them all away.

These punks that think they are such bad a$$es really dont think about the repercussions of their actions. I AM sympathetic to the family that lost their child, however, HE had the option to leave the situation at any time (unless of course the so-called friends of this "good boy" had him hog-tied, bound, or cuffed to themselves or the vehicle).

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3freedomofspeech(6 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

sotired I'm with you. Your home is your castle. Your driveway is not. She should of called the police. My brother is a cop. He said if someone is breaking into your house, Get your gun lie on the ground wait for him to enter the house and aim for the head and keep shooting. She will be going to jail. I hope so.

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4justsayin(42 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

"Hanlon said the teens were armed with baseball bats and tire irons "

If this turns out to be true, it may not have been a case of shooting blindly into the dark. How far away were the young men when the incident took place? In law enforcement, there are clear relationships between distance and threat level. Any cop will tell you that the closer someone gets to them in a threatening situation, the higher level of response they are permitted to use.

If 4 young men are marching up your driveway with weapons of some sort, there is a genuine threat of serious physical harm. Do you think that she should have closed the front door and hoped that they would just ring the bell and go home? These boys were exhibiting signs of being in attack mode. If someone sets foot on my PROPERTY and there is a weapon involved, you better hope you didn't bring a baseball bat or tire iron to a shootout. I'll take my chances with the court system versus the emergency room any day.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

I can't forsee any outcome other than being found guilty of the charges resulting from the killing of the boy . The major problem in using the fear factor for a defense is the fact that 911 was not called . This in itself will show that they weren't that concerned for their safety . The prosecutor will stress that lethal force is not justifiable for trespass .

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6rocky14(728 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

" She was in fear because they were coming towards her?"
Karen Adams said she fired from a third story window.
Either she's lying,or her friend is.

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7redvert(2100 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

The only positive out of this if there is any is that I think the other three little punks will no doubt not try that little tough guy move again.

Not much consolation though!

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8dominoman777(57 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

the creeps will stay home from now on lmmfao

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9joebag09(265 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

saddad.....I'm sorry, this is irrelevant, but since when is a .22 considered a "high power" rifle??

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10freedomofspeech(6 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

She first said they had guns. They didn't. She was first taken in for tampering with evidence. Trying to cover up what she did. And now she's trying to cover her own butt for what she said happen. If the boys did show up with bats and tire irons. The police should of been called then. The charges those boys will have on them for the rest of their life is having to throw their friend in the back seat of the car and watch him die. So no matter what the law does to those boys it will never ever match up to what they saw happen to their friend. Robert Flynn rest in peace.

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11joebag09(265 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

saddad....I misread the paper? It's states, including this article, a .22!

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12itbelinda(22 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm still waiting for the charges for the three 'Thugs in Training'. They should be charged in Robert's death also. They bear as much responsibility in Roberts death as Paul Sundy.

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13Meatseeker25(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I just wanna know what happened to all of the charges those punk a** kids should have gotten. I know as a kid i got in alot in some serious trouble for being in a friends car at 1 in the morning.. To show up at someones house at 230 with weapons is just asking for a problem. Had that been my house and i had kids i would have reacted the same way if not worse.. i know i wouldnt have walked outside checking i.d's... those kids were there for a reason.. they wanted someone hurt badly and they werent gonna stop.... i wish karen the best of luck.. she had every right.. im sorry that the family had to deal with a loss but he brought it on himself

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