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ETX man's execution delayed


Over the phone Monday evening, "violated" is the word Melinda Ansley used to describe Beunka Adam's granted reprieve.

Melinda is the mother of Nikki Dement who was working with another young woman at a Rusk gas station in September of 2002 on the day it was robbed. 

Adams, who was 19 at the time, and Richard Cobb took more than $1,000 from the cash register before forcing Nikki, her female co-worker and a bystander into one of the employee's cars. 

Adams raped Nikki and then had the three victims kneel; all three were shot.

"This is the first time I know of where we've had an aggravated robbery where it ended it death," said the Rusk Police chief back in 2002. 

The bystander, 37-year-old Kenneth Vandever, was killed, but miraculously,  Nikki and her co-worker survived and were able to help catch their abductors.

"She had given a description to her mother and she passed it on... through the sheriff's deputies and my officers they was able to add it all up together," Rusk County's chief said. 

Both Adams and Cobb were arrested and sentenced to death. 

The federal court's reprieve will delay Adams' execution until the courts review allegations that Adams had poor legal help in the early stages of his appeal. 

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