LOS ANGELES.- A 61-year-old former Greek Orthodox priest was found dead July 20 in the parking lot of his apartment complex in Panorama City, California. Prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old man with the killing of former priest Stanley Adamakis, with whom he was having an affair, and a former in-law. Tu Luong Hua, of Panorama City, allegedly shot Adamakis, who was jailed for molesting Southern California boys more than a decade ago, police said Friday.
On the same day Adamakis was found dead, police detectives found the body of Yu Huynh, Hua’s former brother-in-law, in the Panorama home Hua and his former in-law shared. Detectives have recovered an assault rifle allegedly used in the murders.
Hua, who is being held without bail, was charged this week with two counts of murder and the special circumstances of lying in wait for Adamakis and committing multiple murders.
Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.
The motive for the brother-in-law killing was unclear, but investigators said the killing of Adamakis may be related to an ongoing relationship between him and Hua.
“We believe there may have been a sexual relationship between Adamakis and Hua, and it may have played a role in the motive,” said Deputy District Attorney Larry Diamond, who filed the charges.
Adamakis was released from state prison in November 1997 after serving seven years of a nine-year sentence, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. He was sentenced after he was convicted of sexual battery and child molestation.
Father Adamakis was convicted in 1986 for molesting two adolescent boys in Torrance, California and sentenced to 78 days in jail. While still on probation for this offense, he molested two more boys he met through an Episcopal Church youth group in Hermosa Beach, California. He pled guilty to the new charges in March of 1990.He was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison, eight years for the probation violation and an additional 20 months on the new charges of sexual battery and child molestation.
When the second set of charges were filed, Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco said a defrockment action had been pending against Adamakis for more than a year, stemming from repeated, but never substantiated, allegations of “sexual misbehavior.” (LA Times, “Priest Arrested in Molestation Attempt,” by Shawn Hubler and James Rainey, January 5, 1990). Community leaders had questioned why the 1986 conviction was apparently not considered substantiation of the repeated allegations.