The Herald Bulletin

August 29, 2013

Man recently acquitted of murder charge arrested again

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — Just a week after being found not guilty of murder, an Anderson man was arrested for driving under a suspended license.

Adam E. Layne, 27, was arrested by Anderson University police early Thursday morning, according to jail records. The details of the arrest are unknown, and no representative of AU police could be reached on Thursday for comment, but records also show Layne faces a charge of parole violation from the incident.

On Aug. 22, Layne was acquitted of a charge of murder in the stabbing of 23-year-old Willie Rumph of Anderson. On Dec. 9, 2012, Layne stabbed Rumph in self-defense during an argument over money at Layne’s home in the 1600 block of Lincoln Street. Rumph had forced his way into the home that evening and demanded drug money owed him by a member of Layne's family.

After a heated discourse between Rumph, Layne and his ex-fiance Sara Smith, Layne stabbed Rumph with a kitchen knife on the house's porch area. Layne and Smith, who was pregnant with Layne's child, were watching TV when they heard Rumph rap on a window. Layne and defense attorney Jimmy McDole maintained for months that Layne acted in self-defense to protect himself and his family.

A jury of six men and six women agreed after sitting through six days of testimony from witnesses and experts. It took them about two and a half hours to come to a conclusion.

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