Adkins indicted on two counts concerning Hailey Dunn's death
It has been 11 years since Hailey Dunn vanished from the streets of Colorado City. Eleven years of waiting for justice. Then on December 30, 2021, two indictments were handed down by the 32nd Judicial District Court for murder and tampering with physical evidence and show Shawn Casey Adkins is accused of striking Hailey Dunn in the head with an unknown object causing her death on December 26, 2019.
That in itself is news, being that no cause of death from an official source had been mentioned since Dunn’s body was found on March 16, 2013.
The tampering with evidence indictment shows Adkins is accused of intentionally and knowingly conceal a human corpse, namely the body of Hailey Dunn, with intent to impair its availability as evidence in any subsequent investigation or official proceeding related to the offense.
Adkins remains in Mitchell County Jail on a total of $1,250,000 in bonds. The bond for the murder indictment is listed at $1,000,000 and the tampering with evidence indictment has a bond of $250,000.
Adkins was arrested in Howard County in June of last year. He was charged with murder at that time. The arrest came after years of Adkins being a person of interest since Dunn went missing. He was Billie Jean Dunn’s (Hailey’s mother) boyfriend at the time of the disappearance.
According to KCBD TV out of Lubbock, the timeline of events in the Dunn case from 2010 to 2013 went something like this:
December 27, 2010: Hailey Dunn goes missing. Shawn Adkins, Hailey’s mother’s boyfriend, is the last to see Hailey. He tells authorities Hailey was going to go to a friend’s house, but she never made it.
January 4, 2011: Texas Rangers and the FBI get involved in the disappearance of Hailey. Authorities say the friend Hailey was supposedly going to visit says she was never expecting Hailey.
January 6, 2011: Billboards with Hailey’s picture and missing information are put up across parts of Texas. On this same day, Billie Jean Dunn, Hailey’s mother, admits she and Adkins failed lie detector tests concerning Hailey’s whereabouts.
January 12, 2011: New documents are revealed and Adkins becomes a person of interest in the case. Affidavits say Adkins had previously threatened Billie and Hailey’s life back in February of 2010. Documents about serial killers were also found in Billie’s home where Adkins lives.
January 15, 2011: Cadaver dogs search the landfill in Abilene for human remains, but nothing is found. Authorities later search the landfill in Big Spring, the town where Adkins’ mother lives.
January through February: Prayer vigils and searches continue in Colorado City. Searches by volunteers are hindered for several weeks due to freezing temperatures.
February 25, 2011: Authorities find thousands of pictures of child pornography on a memory stick found in Billie’s home and a computer in Adkins’ mother’s home.
March 17, 2011: Billie admits she lied to police about Adkins’ whereabouts. She is taken into custody.
March 30, 2011: Colorado City authorities hold a press conference saying they are investigating the case as if Hailey is deceased or under duress.
June 15, 2011: Billie is given a year of probation. Reports say she and Adkins moved to Austin.
June 19, 2011: Search efforts by volunteers dwindle as time goes by.
December 27, 2011: One year has passed since Hailey went missing.
March 16, 2013: Remains found near Lake J.B. Thomas southwest of Snyder.
April 26, 2013: Scurry County officials confirm identity.
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