David Glen Adams told friends that if anything happened to him they should blame his roommate, Bruce Antwan Matthews, who has been charged in his death, according to a search warrant made public Wednesday.
Police found Adams’ body inside a west Raleigh apartment just after 6:30 p.m. May 8. He had been stabbed multiple times, police said.
Investigators charged Matthews with murder.
Detectives reportedly seized Matthews’ cellphone and found text messages, along with video evidence that they think further connected him to his roommate’s slaying.
“The text messages indicated there had been some type of altercation a month before in which Mr. Adams told Mr. Matthews if anything happened to him he had told six subjects,” Raleigh detective S.B. Snowden stated in the search warrant. “This indicated that if something were to happen to Mr. Adams then these six subjects were to blame Mr. Matthews.”
Police have not disclosed the nature of the relationship between the two men. Snowden wrote that he learned from interviews and at least one criminal report that Adams had been the victim of previous domestic assaults at the hands of Matthews.
Matthews told police that he found Adams, 54, that morning.
Police say Matthews, 49, stabbed Adams several times with a knife, visited a friend afterward, returned home and sat with his slain roommate’s body for hours. A neighbor observed Matthews in the parking lot of the apartment complex and called 911 on May 8.
Police and emergency workers discovered Adams’ body at 1528 Varsity Drive near the N.C. State University campus. The two men shared the apartment, police say.
Investigators say the men had argued throughout the day. They also say Matthews called 911 multiples times that day, but gave emergency dispatchers the wrong address.
At 6:33 p.m., another call, apparently from a neighbor, sent police and EMS crews to the Varsity Drive apartment.
Detectives took Matthews, who had an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation, to their offices and later charged him with murder.