Richie Adams, the Washington Bullets' fourth-round pick who was arrested in New York hours after the NBA draft June 18, has appeared in Bronx Criminal Court, but his case was adjourned until July 23 to allow the district attorney's office more time to conduct its investigation.
"Until the investigation is finished, it's up in the air as to what will be done," said Charisse Campbell of the Bronx district attorney's office.
Adams, a 6-foot-9 forward from Nevada-Las Vegas, was arrested in the Bronx on the night of the draft with another New York man, John Salazar, 22, when the car they were driving broke down, according to the public information office of the New York Police Department. A street crime unit that stopped to help discovered that the car had been reported stolen from a Hofstra University parking lot on Long Island that afternoon, police said.
Adams and Salazar were charged with one count each of criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and unauthorized use of a vehicle, a misdemeanor. At their arraignment the next day, they pleaded not guilty and were released on their own recognizance.
Under New York court procedures, the district attorney's office can present the case to a grand jury, reduce the charges to misdemeanors or drop the charges.
Campbell did not rule out the possibility that the charges would be dropped. Asked if there is doubt whether Adams committed a crime, she said: "We're trying to determine that, yes, and exactly what the crime is at this point. It's a matter of finding something as close to the truth as possible. The car was reported stolen and he was found in it. We're investigating exactly what happened in between."
Francine Kalefer, the volleyball coach at Hofstra who reported the car stolen, could not be reached for comment. Adams' attorney, Zoltan Hankovszky, did not return phone calls to his office.