September 23rd Victim of Assault Dies

Donald Ray Cox
Age 34 Joppa MD

Murder charges have been filed against Donald Ray Cox, age 34, of Joppa MD for injuries that resulted in the death of James Roderick Adams, age 34, of Edgewood, MD. Mr. Adams had been at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, in a coma, since the time of his attack which occurred on September 23, 2010. Mr. Adams died from his injuries on Thursday, October 7, 2010.

Donald Cox, now faces charges for 1st and 2nd degree murder in addition to his original charges of 1st and 2nd degree assault. He has been held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center since his arrest on September 23, 2010.

Details regarding September 23rd Original Assault

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, September 23, 2010, Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the intersection of Joppa Farm Road and Haverhill Road in response to a call involving an injured individual lying on the side of the roadway. The caller told 911 operators that the individual was bleeding and had possibly suffered from a seizure.

Upon arrival, deputies located Mr. Adams, who was severely injured and appeared to be the victim of a serious assault. He was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police Trooper 1, where he was listed to be in very serious condition.

A deputy who had responded to the scene the evening of the assault recognized the injured Mr. Adams as a passenger in a vehicle that he had stopped earlier on a traffic violation. Based with this information, Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies were able to quickly locate Mr. Donald Ray Cox, the driver of the vehicle, and connect him to the assault on Mr. Adams.

News Release

October 07, 2010


  • Monica A. Worrell