Mental Health Custody! Woman Charged With Murder in University Student’s Death Awaits Hearing


According to court records, a woman who was charged with murder in the death of a University of Missouri student in January 2023 would remain in the Department of Mental Health’s custody until her next hearing.

Emma Adams, 22, faces charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence, and abandoning a corpse.

Court records on Casenet show that an order for continuing commitment was filed on Thursday, accompanied with a forensic evaluation dated Tuesday, June 4. A hearing on the DMH motion is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at the Boone County Courthouse.

Adams was admitted to the DMH in November but had been waiting for an evaluation as recently as May. She is still on the Boone County Jail roster and has been jailed on $1 million bond since her arrest.

Adams was caught and charged in January 2023, following an inquiry that began at the University of Missouri and led authorities to a charred body in a residential area far from campus.

Police were originally unable to identify the remains due to its state. Samuel Clemons was later recognized. He was 21.

The inquiry began when University of Missouri police officers were dispatched to Hudson Hall at approximately 5:30 p.m. on January 11, 2023, for a welfare check, which led them to the 2400 block of Bentley Court in north Columbia. Officers discovered the corpse and alerted Columbia police for a homicide investigation, according to a Columbia Police Department social media posting.

Adams allegedly informed police that she stabbed Clemons in self-defense.

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