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July 19, 2013

Three to stand trial in stabbing of Steelers' Adams

PITTSBURGH — Three men charged with trying to steal the vehicle of Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Mike Adams, who was stabbed during the incident, have been ordered to stand trial on charges ranging from conspiracy to attempted homicide.

Adams, a second-year offensive lineman, was hospitalized for four days after the stabbing about 3 a.m. June 1 in the city’s South Side, a neighborhood that contains the team’s practice facilities but also is known for its bars and nightclubs. Surgeons had to repair Adams’ colon, but he’s expected to participate in training camp which begins July 26.

Adams testified at the 45-minute preliminary hearing Thursday against three Pittsburgh men, Michael Paranay, 25, and Dquay Means and Jerrell Whitlock, both 26.

According to a criminal complaint filed by city homicide detectives, Adams told police he left a restaurant and walked to his pickup truck when the men confronted him and one said, “Gimme your car” before Paranay allegedly suddenly struck him. Meals allegedly raised a gun to Adams’ face and Whitlock stabbed him before all three ran away, the complaint said.

But Adams’ testimony at the hearing was different in several respects.

Adams testified he spent about three hours at a different bar and restaurant before walking to a fast-food sandwich shop where he got a sandwich and began eating it while sitting in his parked truck.

Paranay jumped up and down on a step on the side of Adams’ truck while Whitlock said, “Let me kill him,” Adams testified. Adams also said Means took a gun partially out of his pocket, but never raised it above his hip. That’s when Whitlock stabbed him, Adams said.

Defense attorneys for the three men argued Adams’ version of events isn’t credible and suggested he had been drinking and instigated the confrontation.

Adams insisted he was sober and District Judge Edward Tibbs told the attorneys that was irrelevant to his job, which was to determine whether there was enough probable cause for the men to stand trial in Allegheny County Court. “If he was drunk on the street when he was stabbed and assaulted, it wouldn’t matter,” the judge said.

“The story Mr. Adams told today is inaccurate,” Paranay’s attorney, Randall McKinney said. “Mr. Adams did instigate.

The defense attorneys said they’ll present another version of the incident at trial, but wouldn’t provide details.

“We certainly don’t want to show our hand this early in the game,” McKinney said.

Adams left the courtroom with city detectives and his agent, Eric Metz, who declined comment.

The Steelers drafted Adams in the second round in 2012 out of Ohio State after his stock dropped due to testing positive for marijuana at the NFL combine.

 

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