Murder victim's family confronts suspected triggerman

Murder victims Robert Criswell and Joshua Adams
Murder victims Robert Criswell and Joshua Adams

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The family of a murdered Hancock County man confronted the men accused of that crime in court Tuesday morning. What made that even more difficult is one of the accused is a family member.

Nicholas Schiling, Jessie Adams and Jessica Falgout were arrested last month and charged in connection with the shooting deaths of Joshua Adams, 34, and Robert Criswell, 27, of Magnolia, Mississippi. Their bodies were found in an SUV just outside Abita Springs Louisiana, but police believe the two were shot in the Kiln.

Dressed in prison jumpsuits, hand and leg shackles and bullet proof vests, Nicholas Schiling and Jessie Adams were led into the courtroom to face the charges against them.

Schiling is accused of being the triggerman. Sheriff's officials say the murders took place at a on Highway 43.

"It was a cold blooded, heartless, senseless murder," said Joshua's mother, Cici Braud.

She's still trying to understand why her son, Joshua, was killed. What makes it more difficult is one of Joshua's cousins, Jessie Adams, is charged as an accessory to the crime.

"From what I've been told, Jessie Adams lured my son over there with the intent to rob and murder him," Braud said.

She said her son called her just hours before he was killed.

"And he said, 'Momma, I'm going to run Lynn Jessie, my cousin, some money. He lives over there in Kiln.' And he said, 'I'm going to run, let him borrow $400 to pay his light bill.' And he said, 'I'll be back shortly and pick up the children.' And that's the last I had heard from him."

"My client's position is he was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Adams's attorney, Cindy Burney said. "One of his cousins was killed. He's very sorry for that, but he had nothing to do with it."

But Burney's explanation did nothing to comfort Joshua's family.

"They took somebody dearly from me and left a hole in my heart that will never be filled," Joshua's brother, Alton Adams said. "And as these killers get to walk and breathe and see daylight, it just kills me cause I have to talk to my brother through a clay pile of dirt."

Joshua's mother pleaded with the public to help.

"If anybody knows anything more about the murdering of my son, please, with a mother's love, anything, anything, please come forth. Please, I beg of you, please."

Adams's mother told WLOX News her son has two children, ages 11 and 7. She described him as a loving father and husband who was very respected in his community.

All three suspects will be back in court August 26 with their court appointed attorneys.

Eighteen-year-old Jessica Falgout, who is also charged as an accessory to murder, bonded out of jail.

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