The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Cops, courts and fires

August 22, 2013

Layne found not guilty of murder

Anderson man maintained stabbing was in self-defense

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

"It's been hell. Adam has been portrayed as a monster throughout this process, but we know he isn't," said one family member.

Another added, "The law hasn't shown to be on Adam's side in the past. We're happy it was this time."

On the other side, a family already grieving was left without a resolution. Rumph's family left the courtroom quietly, but one family member had to be carried onto an elevator, screaming in anguish.

According to reports from that night, Rumph, covered in blood, made his way back to his vehicle and drove himself a few blocks 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 information about the attack.

Prosecutors said Rumph actually didn’t know Layne, but he was able to describe being stabbed by a man with distinctive facial tattoos like the ones sported by Layne. McDole, who was defending his second murder trial and first with a jury, said the trial was very difficult with so many emotions running high on both sides.

"I've talked to Adam a lot, and I can tell you he's really sorry about that, and he's cried about it a lot. He didn't want to hurt anybody," McDole said. "Rumph was definitely threatening. He forced his way into Adam's home, and Adam had a right to defend himself. And he had a right to use deadly force."

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