Dallas teen in custody, accused of killing 2 people over drugs, money

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A teen who became upset with two people on separate occasions over drugs and money earlier this month shot and killed them before he fled the scene, according to arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

But detectives arrested Jasper Okeith Adams Jr., 18, Tuesday night and he remains in the Dallas County Jail on Wednesday.

Adams is accused of killing Jeanine Ratliff, 48, of Dallas, on Sept. 3 and 60-year-old Raymond Rider on Saturday.

In an interview with detectives, Adams admitted to the slayings, the affidavit states.

On Sept. 3, police responded to a shooting call at about 5:50 p.m. in the 2600 block of Ann Arbor Avenue and discovered Ratliff dead on a kitchen floor. Through the investigation, detectives determined that illegal drugs had been sold there, police said in the affidavit.

Authorities also learned that Adams had been staying with Ratliff at the Ann Arbor Avenue location.

According to the affidavit, detectives later received information from Adams’ mother that her son might be involved in the fatal shooting of Ratliff.

As the investigation continued, police responded to another shooting about 4 a.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of Fernwood Avenue. Officers found Rider shot in the head.

A witness told police that Adams knocked on the door, asked for Rider and the 60-year-old man stepped outside, where the teen confronted him, the affidavit states. Adams told Rider that he owed him money and a verbal altercation erupted, police said. At some point, Adams brandished a handgun and shot Rider, the affidavit states.

Hours after the shooting, a witness identified Adams through a photo lineup that the teen was the person who knocked on the door before a gunshot was heard, the affidavit states.

Authorities tracked Adams down Tuesday and arrested him for a warrant out of Dallas County for burglary of a vehicle.

In the interview with detectives, the teen told authorities he had killed Ratliff over a dispute over illegal drugs, the affidavit states.

Adams was in custody Wednesday in lieu of $501,500, facing two murder charges and a burglary of vehicle charge.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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