Michael McAdams twice found guilty of first degree murder

DADE CITY, Fla. - Whether or not Michael McAdams killed two people on October 18th, 2009 was not the question.

McAdams himself admitted to shooting his estranged wife Lynda and her lover, Ryan Andrews. McAdams also told authorities he buried their bodies in the woods.

Prosecutors in Pasco County spent the week trying to convince a jury the murders were premeditated.

They say McAdams found his wife of 24 years with Andrews and he shot him three times, twice in the back and once in the head. McAdams confession was recorded by investigators.

Assistant State Attorney Manny Garcia said, "He made a statement. 'I had the gun and I popped him.'"

McAdams then told authorities his wife started screaming and tried to call the police.

"She's telling him, 'I'm calling 911,'" said Garcia. "And he at that time, made a conscious decision to pull that trigger, and shoot her in the head."

The defense doesn't dispute the shootings, but McAdams attorney's argued it was a crime of passion. They said McAdams found the couple undressed and in the middle of an encounter, then he grabbed a gun hidden by the front door and started firing.

It took less then 90 minutes for a jury to reach a verdict. They found him guilty of first degree murder in both killings.  McAdams had little reaction as a picture of Andrews was held in front of him or when family members addressed the court.

Ryan's stepmother, Carol Andrews, said, "Our lives will never be the same without Ryan. I am so thankful to my God that my last conversation with Ryan on October 18, I got to say I love you."

A friend of the victims, Randy Denmark said "I'd personally like to be there when they pull the plug on him, honestly. I'd like to witness it myself. I really would, 'cause she didn't deserve it, and neither did Ryan, neither one of them."

Michael and Linda McAdams had two daughters together. Their mother was killed and now their father will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The state did not seek the death penalty in the case.

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