An arrest has been made in the nearly six-month-old murder case of Nicole Leger in Melissa. Melissa Police Chief Duane Smith announced on Friday that Michael Kevin Adams, 50, of Frisco, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the Leger killing.
Adams was booked in to the Collin County Detention Center and is being held on $10 million bond on the charge of capital murder.
On Sept. 9, 2013, Leger was found dead by her 17-year-old son after he had returned home from school to the 3000 block of Maple Lane shortly after 4 p.m. According to Leger’s son, he had left for school shortly after 8 a.m. that morning.
Upon arrival on scene, police observed a would to Leger’s face which was later determined to have been a gunshot wound. The Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office recovered two bullets from Leger’s body and later ruled that she had died from gunshot wounds to the head.
Early on in the investigation a name popped that raised immediate red flags. Adams was initially identified as a person of interest in the case, but in truth he garnered a very strong look from law enforcement. Adams had been engaged to Leger but that had ended. He was later alleged to have tied up and raped Leger at his residence in March of 2013. At the time of the murder Adams was out on bond in Denton County pending charges of aggravated sexual assault and unlawful restraint. Furthermore, Leger’s son indicated that Adams had threatened to kill Leger, which is why — with the assistance of victim’s services — she and her son moved to Melissa in May of 2013. Leger received a protective order prohibiting Adams from any further contact. She was murdered before the Denton County cases made it to trial.
Adams was questioned shortly after the killing, but in the presence of his attorney he provided a statement indicating he was in Frisco at the time of Leger’s death.
The evidence, police contend, tells a different story.
A cheek swab taken from Adams during the investigation was used to collect his DNA. On Feb. 18, a forensic scientist assigned to the case by the Texas DPS Crime Laboratory indicated that a condom recovered from the Leger residence contained a DNA profile which contained a consistent match with Adams’ DNA. Adams was not supposed to have known where Leger lived and was prohibited from any contact with her as part of the protective order.
Those bullets discovered by the Collin County Medical Examiner had a big part to play in the case, as well. Adams was a federal firearms license holder who had an extensive collection of firearms, specifically fully automatic weapons and silenced weapons of large and small calibers, several of which were of the same caliber as the murder weapon. Adams was ordered to get rid of the weapons and provided the address of a licensed gun dealer in Carrollton to do so. However, according to Adams’ ex-wife, Gina Noble, he also provided her with guns and ammo which she placed into a storage locker in Euless with Adams’ assistance.
Noble granted authorities permission to search the locker where they found a cache of the same caliber ammo used to kill Leger. On Oct. 31, the state forensic scientist reported that one of the recovered unfired bullets had same markings from an empty shell casing recovered at the Leger crime scene, indicating that the cartridge casings had been loaded into the same gun magazine.
On Friday, Feb. 21, Melissa police, along with the Texas Rangers and members of the U.S. Marshal Service’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, arrested Adams for the murder of Leger.
According to a probable cause affidavit signed by MPD Captain Kyle Babcock and acquired by The Anna-Melissa Tribune, Adams "committed the intentional murder of Leger in order to prevent her testimony in court…in Retaliation for Leger’s testimony, Adams committed Capital Murder."
The case has been worked by the MPD for the past five-plus months in conjunction with other state agencies, including the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Rangers, the Frisco Police Department and forensic scientist’s from the DPS Crime Laboratory.