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Daniel Adkins Murdered by Cordell Jude

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Jude had the ability to flee, being in a car. He chose to "stand his ground" and kill a man. Was it necessary for Adkins to die because he took a swing at the man with no evidence the blow made a connection? No, it was a choice.

Taco Bell Shooting of 2012

Hurrah for Arizona Justice!


Daniel Adkins

Daniel Adkins, a 29-year-old unarmed and a mentally challenged but lucid male was walking his dog along Baseline Road in Laveen (Phoenix), Arizona at night when a couple pulled out of the drive-thru of a Taco Bell restaurant.

An exchange occurred between the driver, Cordell Jude, who sat with his pregnant passenger, and Daniel Adkins after the Jude almost ran Adkins down, ending with a shot to Adkins body ending his life around 7:30 PM AZT (10:30 EST) April 4, 2012. Cordell Jude called the police and remained at the scene. No arrest was initially made.

Adkins is a White Hispanic male. Jude is a Black 22-year-old man. Does this compare in a topsy-turvy way to the Zimmerman-Martin situation where a White Hispanic, George Zimmerman shot an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin?

It does in that an unarmed person was shot in both cases and the Stand Your Ground law has been referenced to keep the shooters free on both accounts. It is similar in that two minorities engaged in activity that ended up with one dead, the unarmed one.

It does in that both victims of both cases were walking along minding their own business until a gun was pulled, and both shooters claim self-defense.

Zimmerman verses Jude's Responses


  1. Zimmerman followed Martin.
  2. Zimmerman claims Martin swung at him and bashed his head--with bruising.
  3. Zimmerman waited too late to stop following Martin before a confrontation ensued.
  4. It was too late because Martin had already decided to confront Zimmerman,
  5. Zimmerman, a private citizen's name was hefted in the news long before he was charged on April 11, 2012? Not good.
  6. Zimmerman was set free.


  1. Jude decided not to pull off while in his car after nearly running Adkins down!
  2. Jude claims he was attacked by flying fists and a stick--no bruising.
  3. Jude could have driven away from the scene rather than remain and argue with a man of questionable mental comprehension.
  4. He did not have to wait until his actions instigated Adkins into punching at him.
  5. Jude nearly ran Adkins down justifiably angering Adkins
  6. Jude was convicted

An important difference between the incidences is a witness. A witness claims that Adkins took a few swings at Jude's window before the shot.

Still, why didn't he just drive away?

No opportunistic race-baiters heralded Jude's name comparing him to the devil or Hitler and such.

If the White Nation or the Ku Klux Klan decided to put a capture request on Jude would it be okay as did the New Black Panther Pary to Zimmerman?

President Obama did not speak publicly about Adkins and identify with him personally as he did with Trayvon--stating, 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon'. And if he did so, who would Adkins be to him? Gladly, such a presidential statement interfering in Arizona affairs will never occurred!

Where are the police videos of Jude's injuries and the police reports of his involvement--don't forget the 911 call he made?

His girlfriend was in the car with him--a car that could easily have driven away from Adkins.

Jude stated that the dog blocked his car's path. Apparently, in Jude's mind, it was better to shoot a person than run over a dog.

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Also, since this story is so similar to Trayvon and George's, why wasn't it being referenced in national news and spewed back at the thousands of people wearing hoodies? Thousands of Hispanics did not do a dog walking demonstration near Taco Bell for Adkins!

Where are Daniel's protests?

He did not need any protesters. His family relied on God and the justice system instead of protesters and the social system. Justice is best served on the knees in a house rather than in the street with a hoodie on.

Antonia and Daniel Adkins Senior.

Antonia and Daniel Adkins Senior.

This Is Us?

I am hurt by this event. It happened in my neighborhood, a middle-class neighborhood. I patronized that very Taco Bell.

I shopped at the stores in that area. My children and my wife lived there! I would never have thought that one of my neighbors would kill a person over an argument in front of a Taco Bell! It sounds like the punchline of a horrible joke--one I am not willing to hear but has been forced upon me!

Does it matter that the shooter is Black? It does not. Does it matter that Adkins was Hispanic? No, it does not. Does it matter that Trayvon was Black? That is the real issue. It is okay if it happens to other people, just not a Black person, right?

Double standard is the rule here!

Have we changed from the days where if you have one drop of White blood in you it does not matter, you're not white? The opposite is true if you are not Black, right? drop and you're Black, eh?

Zimmerman is White because his name is from his father, right? The fact that he looks like the average Hector Sanchez (John Smith) does not come into play. Because this man of Latino heritage, by appearance at least, has one White parent, it becomes a Black versus White issue?

My heart is dark America. I feel the tears hot in the back of my sockets trying to appear as I type. I am so hurt by all of this tension in the Black communities and the double standards for justice in America socially and judicially. I feel I have to defend the White people against Black-fueled racism! It is not OUR turn to be racists bigots who lynch! When will we learn?

Justice Not Anarchy

Jude had the ability to flee, being in a car. He chose to "stand his ground" and kill a man. Was it necessary for Adkins to die because he took a swing at the man with no evidence the blow made a connection? No, it was a choice. If anything, Daniel was standing his ground after being attacked by a vehicle.

The Maricopa County Police Department completed its job. The family has refuted accusations that this incident was racially motivated and expresses concern that neighbors are speaking of the incident in such terms. The family wants justice.

Blacks are killed as unarmed victims often in America, which the Trayvon Martin case brought to national attention for the first time. Black men are not alone in being victims of crimes of passion from people of another ethnicity or race. Jude was not a police officer, it is true. Daniel Adkins' demise needs to be told, however without the vitriolic racio-political motivations as was Trayvon's death. Trayvon Martins's death makes it so that his name will never rest in peace, but hold a part in American history that incited awareness of the lingering effects of racist political policies of the past. He, just like Daniel Adkins is no longer here in mortality to share life with daily and friends.


Jude made a terrible miscalculation that ended the life of a fellow Arizonian. I believe the justice system weighed the case of this incident cautiously because many lives were directly involved in the outcome. One, Daniel Adkins Jr., is already lost. The another was Cordell Jude's, determined by the People to be worthy of 8 years in prison. Jude's unborn child at the time, girlfriend at the time, his parents, friends, and family. paid the price of not having him for that time.

Daniel Adkins's life is worth more than eight years in prison, but I accept the sentence. Lives have already changed because of Daniel's death. My prayer is that bitterness does not enter the hearts of either family. The years have passed, but Daniel is not forgotten.

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© 2012 Rodric Anthony Johnson


Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on June 13, 2012:

George, it is in the hands of the law now. Justice will be served.

George davis on June 08, 2012:

This is an update, still nothing happens

Linda on June 01, 2012:

Thank you for the thought provoking post. Neither should be about race. A few nuances of difference, a press and social network word of mouth inflated the national outrage against Zimmerman. But both are horrible tragedies. What this is really about is unbridled male rage historically much more of a problem than females. And then you give them guns. Testosterone, anger, guns equal SOMEBODYS GOING TO DIE.

PFabs on May 23, 2012:

I know this is an old thread and you might not see this comment but I have to say this.

There is no evidence that Zimmerman "stalked" Trayvon

even if he did follow trayvon, even if he confronted Trayvon and wanted to know who trayvon was or why he was there.

That did not give Trayvon the right to hit Zimmerman.

Rodric Johnson from Phoenix, AZ on May 07, 2012:

Keep the name secret is a good deal

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on May 01, 2012:

so True Rusti. I am saddened at the death of so many unrecognized youths. Trayvon is one in thousands and millions around the world. Daniel's Killing is not the result of a tussel. Some bloke got angry and shot him.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on May 01, 2012:

Thanks for commenting Marnette T. I am unsure of what your point is honestly. I read if a few times, but I do think that Zimmerman was unfairly treated by the public at large. The gentleman who shot Daniel is being dealt with the right way.

Ruth McCollum from Lake Oswego, Oregon on May 01, 2012:

This shouldn't happen anywhere! No one wins.Mothers cry their eyes out over losing a child , other family members hurt as well. The shooters family looses a family member too. Children lose their parents and for no good reason. Great Hub.

Marnette T on April 30, 2012:

I would guess with the point Jim is making in his point about Zimmerman since he has not been convicted he is justified in the shooting. Well the young man in this case hasn't been convicted either so is he justified? Please!!!!!! That's nonsense

Marnette T on April 30, 2012:

Ok now I posted this because everyone keeps saying Trayvon doubled back. If you have listened to the 911 calls and heard what ever you have heard. if during the call where Zimmerman states he lost Trayvon and supposedly Trayvon doubles back and confronts Zimmerman well the orange line where Zimmerman states was his course if Trayvon is the one who doubles back then he sholud have been found dead closer to the orange line not behind the townhouse of the supposed witness John. Now I am sure this won't make the nay Sayers happy but that seems a little far fetched to me. But just to make everyone happy I am going to say that after running away which the path drawing I didn't make up but that was leaked by the sand ford police to the Orlando sentinel Trayvon actually makes it to the start of the row of town homes and the scuffles insues and the fight till they make it to the middle of the town homes which I highly doubt since Zimmerman also stated Trayvon had him pinned down. Now some of your comparisons are very close but you are definitely flawed in your analysis of parts of that case. My take on the other case I am very sadden at how in this case and the Martin/Zimmerman case the police have seemed to just lost site if the meaning of self defense. Nothing about this case screams I was in fear of my life. People in 2tons of metal have no need to be afraid of curse words and arm flailing. For goodness sake drive off I domt understand how a person can be afraid for their life but manage to let down a window and shoot someone dead on. This is not Cowboys and Indians real life isn't like cartoons and video ganes people arent going to get up after being shot to death. Humans don't get up after falling off the cliff like the coyote in the ronot runner did. Feeling guilty doesn't bring back life you don't get a reset button and you can't call do-over. What ever happened to people having issues and they fought it with a fists like real men (not condoning it ) But when they usually fight it out with fist the only thing left dead are a couple of feelings. Neither of the shooters should be free right now in my opinion.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 28, 2012:

Victoria Posted:

"We finally have the shooters name. His name is ***** **** ****. But there are still no charges."

Victoria, I thanks for posting. I purposely did not put the shooters name on this hub because I do not want the same thing that happened to Zimmerman to happen to him.

Let us keep hope for justice!

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 26, 2012:

It is my great pleasure Caligirl3477 to add my voice to justice for a fellow Laveen person. I have heard information about the case that I am not at liberty to share right now and I have signed the petition and seeking to further take action. I feel it is a responsible thing as a citizen to do this. Thank you for reading and posting at this article.

caligirl3477 on April 26, 2012:

I am Daniel cousin,today is day 23 & no arrest has been made in this case,we the family still seek justice,there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about Daniel,I write,read posts in hopes that the shooter will be held accountable for his actions,we have a petition for Justice For Daniel Adkins,please sign,as of today I am still actively seeking justice,,,,thank-you for yopisting about Daniel & the great injustice imposed on him!

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 25, 2012:

I have always wanted to way this being a Star Trek fan.

Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor not a miracle worker!

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 25, 2012:

Thanks for commenting Jim.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 25, 2012:

Jim, thanks for reading the article and posting comments here. You are correct Jim that the difference is the threat of imminent danger.

People will have opinions to the justification of the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The law is what will determine if his shooting was legally justifiable. Moral justification is another things. As any good prosecutor would claim, Zimmerman stalked a boy against protocol of his position which is to watch. The victim attempted to flee the stalker and finally stood his ground to be in the neighborhood and was killed doing so.

The cases are not vastly different Jim, just different. The fact that he had a gun legally is not the issue, it is the stalking and killing. If Zimmerman had done what he should have been trained to do as a watcher he would have only alerted the police would would have approached Trayvon. I know people would cry about that also.

As far as Daniel's incident goes, I am one hundred percent in agreement.

Jim on April 25, 2012:

"I will say that Zimmerman did not need to be carrying a weapon. He did not need to shoot and kill his teenage assailant." So in your opinion then no one should ever carry a gun for protection, and the only people allowed to be safe are the biggest toughest guys around? People need to read a few facts about gun ownership and legal use whch this case shows no signs of. These two cases are vastly different and this shooter should have been arrested the sencond no weapon or true signs of imminent life threatening situations could be found, and there were witnesses to this. This was a clear case of mis-use of force, particularly since the shooter could have stepped on the gas and left with no fear whatsoever for his life, making this vastly different then Zimmerman, who by all accounts was following the law whether people agree with the way he did it or not, he followed the law. Because he followed Travon did not give Trevan the "green light" to attack, that was his own bad choice if that's what happened, but not an option legally for him, he shuld have left or kept it verbal only.

Jim on April 25, 2012:

People here who say Zimmerman was not justified in his shooting, well if he wasn't then he will be convicted, otherwise he will be found innocent and you will have to learn what the stand your ground law means and what it was written for. It is perfectly legal to use deadly force even if the other person is not armed, although you have to prove you believed your life was in imminent danger, which this shooter can not. Zimmerman by all accounts was bloodied and showed signes of being beaten. Anyone who feels an unarmed person can not be shot using this law doesn't understand much, just because someone is not armed does not mean they cannot harm or kill you, otherwise the toughest kid in town is the only safe one.

JIm on April 25, 2012:

The difference is huge etween the two. one was being beat which is what the law was written for, so he could use force to save his life and not be charged for it. In this case the shooter did not even get hit, so where is the claim for his life being in imminent danger, thesecase are vastly different.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 19, 2012:

You flatter me Cary. I thank you for your kind words. I don't know if I deserve you praise, but I am thankful for it.

Cary on April 19, 2012:

Rodric, the world needs more people like you. I pray your children turn out like you. For that we are all blessed. Sincerely

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 16, 2012:

C Nichlas the culture and psychology behind the shoot are important to consider. Thank you for commenting. I think that all of that will be brought up in the case. It will in not way waive the fact that Zimmerman shot that boy whom he was stalking around.

Daniel Adkins was walking his dog before the driver almost ran him down. I just don't see the justification in shooting a man when you are sitting in a car and can drive off.

C Nicholas from Texas on April 16, 2012:

My only comment to what you have written is the following. That WE, as men, are taught or learn early on to " not back down " in a fight situation. I'm not saying this is right. I am only stating a fact. And while it's true, on paper, that one could just walk away..that in itself is NOT always possible. I myself, once failed a martial arts exam by doing just that..I stood my ground. I should have avoided violence at all costs. Are these two incidents similar? I do not know as I was not there. I will say that Zimmerman did not need to be carrying a weapon. He did not need to shoot and kill his teenage assailant. But he feared his opponent, and the gun was there. But, he also could have called the authorities and waited.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 15, 2012:

Mattie, I could not agree more! Thanks for reading and comment at this article. I don't want the fiasco from Florida repeated here, but I would like to see the shooter here brought to justice. He shot a man from his car! He should have driven off as he was doing before he almost ran Daniel down.

Mattie on April 15, 2012:

George Zimmerman was not arrested after the shooting either, but, unlike the shooter of Daniel Adkins whose name has not been released, Zimmerman's name was all over the media. Perhaps different rules in different states, Martin's family, not the police, releasing the name of the shooter to the media...I don't know. What I do know is that this case definitely merits further investigation because of the questions it raises. While I feel very badly for Trayvon Martin and his family, I am amazed at the resources and taxpayer money that continues to go into investigating the Martin case from local and state levels to the federal level, including members of Congress and Eric Holder's Department of Justice. I feel very badly for Danile Adkins and his family. If no further investigation is conducted, what this tragedy may highlight is the selective nature of some of our concepts of justice in our country and the political agendas behind the actions.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 15, 2012:

50, I have been the token Black and it is not fun sometimes. Now that I am no token, I miss it. The novelty of my Blackness is gone!

Now I have to be a regular American.

Joking aside, I remember the first time I went to a Mormon church I was the main event because Black people did not attend very often. It has been 20 years since that day.

I am glad that I am not special anymore. It means that I am viewed as an equal. My kids are viewed as equal and not one pays special attention to us other than that which is common among us all. I love it when things change for good, especially when it is at church.

50 Caliber from Arizona on April 15, 2012:

Rodric, you bring an excellent view of our fare state, all in all we play together well here when it comes to race. As a kid growing up on poor street with the Braceros I remember only one black family, ever, and it probably drove the kids crazy because everyone wanted to be their friend. I guess it would be a racist overtone that many would class as "token" as children we were not that smart, so I'll leave it there, just said it to head a racist off at the accusation.

Peace my brother,


Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 13, 2012:

I have signed the petition and contacted some friends in the area to support it too. You have my support in bringing this man to justice. I do this because one of my people, an American, was gunned down in my neighbor for expecting an explanation for almost being run down!

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 13, 2012:

I am honored you bring your celebrity to my hub Feenix. Your comment means a lot to me seeing as how I have adopted you as my Hub Mentor.

What I am afraid of is a race issue Between Blacks and Chicanos here in Arizona. We tend to get along very well out here--Black and White and sometimes Americans of Mexican heritage.

Race issues would put Blacks a a disadvantage in Arizona. This is not a state with many Blacks. The ones who live here tend to be business people or professionals of some sort who transplanted here, therefore not a very heritage-minded group so to speak. We blend in and marry into the culture here. It is not uncommon to see interracial families.

I would hate to have race issue here. We are too invested in each other to let that happen here. I would like the world to see how Arizona handles our version of the Trayvon Martin incident and learn how it should be done as opposed to repeating what Florida did.

feenix on April 13, 2012:

Hey, Rodric,

50 Caliber called my attention to this hub, and I'm glad he did.

You did an excellent job of pointing out the double standard, or even triple standard, that exists when it comes to addressing and reporting crimes that have, and that do not have, racial overtones.

Victoria on April 13, 2012:

Thank you so much for keeping this going. Our family has started a petition to the Phoenix Police and the DA. Any signatures we can get would be greatly appreciated.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 13, 2012:

50, appreciate you comment and your vote. What I question about the law is its application. I can say that I agree with you that the law does not apply in either of those cases, but will the jury see it that way for Zimmerman.

The lawyers are going to approach the law. A good prosecutor will start out by asking the judge to disallow reference to the law because the accused stalked the boy before he was attack and thus provoked the response of the boy before he died. Even if the judge disagrees with that assessment, it will be on record setting a precedent of some sort.

A good defense attorney would ask if the prosecution could be silenced about the application of the law, or the misapplication.

In all, I think it was wrong to kill, but the way that Zimmerman's rights have been violated should also be admissible in court. I don't think he should serve more than 3 to 10 years for this charge. He did not intend to kill that boy, but he did. He must pay for his crime but not as if he planned to murder the lad.

50 Caliber from Arizona on April 13, 2012:

Great story, I still like stand your ground. This was not a case for that law. Blocking a sidewalk with your vehicle, leaving a pedestrian no way but to step into traffic and cross in front of a running auto in forward gear is a threat. Last I checked a full stop before crossing a pedestrian walk way is required, to allow pedestrians passage before you ease forward to check traffic and proceed. I wasn't there, but If I were the responding cop the shooter would have been charged.

The Zimmerman case the law does not apply there either.

I voted your story up on the grounds that one killing is no better than the next, so where is the media circus? This kids life was worth as much as Martins, wasn't it?

If you ever find yourself and loved ones accosted and look up and see me step into the center, you can rest assured I will stand my ground allowing you safe passage to leave the area, as for the other party? It will be their choice as to walking or assaulting me, I'm old and it won't take long for the fat lady to sing, I just hope you come back and bear witness for me,


Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 12, 2012:

Gusser, oh my gosh I hope not. I hope that Daniel's memory is safe from being added to the Trayvon Martin debauchery. I don't want the shoot in this case to be another Zimmerman. I just believe we need to protect the suspects, but jet justice for the dead. Daniel's kill was totally preventable. The driver should be charge and put in jail for murder. I don't like this stand your ground option anymore.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on April 12, 2012:

Victoria, my heart goes out to you and your family. My wife's cousin was shot till death by her estranged boy friend in 2006. It is hard to loose a loved one to violence.

Instead of making this about race, I hope that we can keep it about Daniel. No one is even talking about what happened anymore because he is not Black. I think it is just the state of race in Arizona, but I do feel that in light of the Trayvon Martin case and the charge against Zimmerman something should be done. The police will not even release the shooter's name here.

I am just too upset over how one of my fellow citizens was not given due process and protection by the law. That should be an affront to all Americans

Gusser on April 12, 2012:

I'm sure Al Sharkskin and Jesse Jackass will be in Phoenix tomorrow to shed light on this.

Gusser on April 12, 2012:

I'm sure Al Sharkskin and Jesse Jackass will be in Phoenix tomorrow to shed light on this.

Victoria on April 12, 2012:

Thank you soo much for pointing out that this should not be about race. Daniel was my cousin and although I live in Pennsylvania my family travelled to Phoenix for the funeral. We had Daniels funeral Easter Day while this unnamed man sat at home celebrating with his family. Where is this right?

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