If LaCauna Adams hadn’t been wearing her hair in a bun last year, she likely wouldn’t be here today - and a Kansas man wouldn’t be headed to prison for trying to kill her.
Bennie Freeman, 47, of Coffeyville, Kansas pleaded no contest yesterday to charges that he shot her after forcing her to give him money. A no-contest plea means the defendant does not refute the charges, but also does not accept guilt. The courts, however, treat a no-contest plea as kind of an equivalent to a guilty plea and impose punishment on the defendant anyway. Other local media have reported that Freeman pleaded guilty, which is not true.
He did, however, admit that he took her from her house, took money from her and “shot her with a deadly weapon.”
What happened was Adams had received a settlement that Freeman knew about and he demanded money from her at gunpoint. Adams had only around $300 on hand in cash, which he took and then forced her to get into a car and drove her out to a remote location on Oktaha Road.
Once there, he took her cell phone and tried to get her rings, which he couldn’t get off her fingers. He shot her in the back, and she fell into some mud, appearing to be dead, according to investigators. He then walked away, thought better of it and came back, shooting her in the back of the head.
He then drove away, thought better of it again and came back, only to find her gone. She had crawled 200 feet and flagged down a motorist, who drove her to the hospital. The tight bun she was wearing on her head, investigators said, slowed the bullet down enough that it didn’t kill her when it entered her head.
Freeman will be sentenced on Dec. 15.