Inside the Lesslie home, the search warrant says investigators found three dozen casings for .45 caliber and 9mm ammunition, along with more than 20 “projectiles.” The casings matched the type used by all the weapons found inside Adams’ home.
Adams was located by police quickly because he dropped his cell phone at the crime scene, authorities say, and he was spotted driving away from the Lesslie home on a four-wheeler as police responded.
Adams was a former NFL player who was a past patient of Dr. Lesslie, according to an interview Adams’ father Alonzo gave to Charlotte TV station WCNC. Alonzo Adams told the station he thought football injuries may have taken a toll on Phillip’s mental health.
Detectives indicate in the warrants that they were not able to determine the meaning of the “cryptic” writings in notebooks at his home.
“Detectives had also learned that Phillip Adams had been acting differently and possibly following a new religion or ideology,” Deputy Devin Askew states in a search warrant. “Detective were unclear if this was a potential motive or if there was another motive involved.”