SELF-DEFENSE CLAIM IN RP SLAYING: SUSPECT'S EX-ATTORNEY SAYS SHOOTING VICTIM SET OUT TO ROB PROSTITUTE AFTER HAVING SEX

Self-defense has emerged as a possible motive in the slaying of a 20-year-old Rohnert Park man whose body was found outside a Redwood Drive motel seven months ago.|

Self-defense has emerged as a possible motive in the slaying of a 20-year-old Rohnert Park man whose body was found outside a Redwood Drive motel seven months ago.

Berry Adams, 32, is suspected of shooting Kevin "Ziggy" Craft, but is not charged with murder. Adams, who was in court Monday, instead faces a count each of pimping and felon in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors wouldn't explain the charges but Adams' former defense attorney said Adams may have shot Craft when Craft attempted to rob a prostitute who was allegedly working for Adams.

Attorney Kathleen Pozzi said email and cell phone records show Craft obtained a gun before his April 22 slaying and contacted a prostitute through an online posting.

After having sex with the woman at the Best Western Inn on Redwood Drive, Craft pulled the gun and tried to rob her, Pozzi said.

Adams, who listened to the confrontation by cell phone from a car in the parking lot, burst into the room with his own gun, Pozzi alleged.

Adams shot Craft dead when Craft turned his gun on him, Pozzi alleged. Afterward, Adams, the prostitute and another woman attempted to move Craft's body but abandoned the effort for unknown reasons and left his remains outside the hotel, Pozzi alleged.

A surveillance video from a local convenience store shows Adams and a woman buying cigarettes about 90 minutes before Craft's body was found.

Adams and the two women fled to Sacramento. Adams was arrested in Las Vegas in October after an anonymous tip to police.

He has since been extradited to Sonoma County, where he was being held on $500,000 bail.

Adams pleaded not guilty to the charges on Nov. 21. His next hearing is Dec. 12 and James Loughborough will take over as his lawyer. The charges include enhancements for a prior felony conviction. Craft attended Rancho Cotate and El Camino high schools and was nearing his 21st birthday when he was killed. He worked at his father's printing business and was planning to attend Santa Rosa Junior College.

His parents could not immediately be reached for comment Monday. His father, Curtis Craft, said in a published news report that police had discussed the events of the night but he could not discuss them.

You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com.

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