Saturday, January 22, 2022

Durham man pleads to murder charge in fatal 2011 IHOP shooting

— A Durham man plead guilty Monday to multiple charges in the 2011 shooting death of a woman at an IHOP restaurant.

Jerry Lee Adams, 27, of 200 Seven Oaks Road, plead guilty to second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a law enforcement officer and discharging a weapon into occupied property. Adams was sentenced to 24 to 31 years in prison under the plea deal.

Authorities say Adams killed 46-year-old Delia Allen and hurt two others on Oct. 8, 2011, when he fired shots into the North Pointe Drive restaurant.

Two off-duty Durham County deputies working at the IHOP told a group of people that they couldn’t sit in a closed-off section of the restaurant, which was crowded with 30 to 40 people, police said.

One man left willingly but then returned to the restaurant a short time later and opened fire, killing Allen, police said. A 24-year-old man was grazed in the hand by a bullet, and another person was treated at the scene for a small laceration.

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