The Herald Bulletin

August 14, 2013

Layne murder trial begins with opening arguments, testimony

The Herald Bulletin


Opening arguments were heard Wednesday' in the Adam Layne murder trial, which is slated to continue into next week.

Following opening statements, evidence was presented and testimony given in Madison County Circuit Court 4 under Judge David Happe. 

Layne, 27, of Anderson, faces the murder charge, as well as an enhancing habitual offender charge, after he allegedly stabbed Willie Rumph, 23, of Anderson, several times during an argument over $75 at Layne’s home in the 1600 block of Lincoln Street on Dec. 9, 2012.

According to police reports, a fight broke out between Layne and Rumph on the front porch of the home. The two, along with Layne’s girlfriend, Sarah Smith, were yelling at each other when Layne reportedly pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed Rumph in the back.

Rumph, covered in blood, made his way back to his vehicle and drove himself a few blocks away to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, where he was found by an off-duty police officer. He died a few hours later in surgery, but was able to provide doctors and police with enough information to make an arrest.

Layne, who fled from the home with Smith after the incident, turned himself in to police the following morning.

Testimony will continue today. The trial is set to end early next week.

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