Phillip Adams’ home and belongings have been searched by investigators in the wake of him being suspected of killing five people, including two children.
Adams’ home and belongings turned up “cryptic writing” and signs of a possibly new religion or ideology for the former pro football player.
“Detectives had also learned that Phillip Adams had been acting differently and possibly following a new religion or ideology,” Deputy Devin Askew states in a search warrant. “Detective were unclear if this was a potential motive or if there was another motive involved.”
The search was part of investigators’ attempts to “find the answers that are so desperately wanted by everyone that has been impacted by this horrendous event,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Authorities say that on April 7, Phillip Adams killed Rock Hill physician Robert Lesslie; his wife, Barbara; two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie; and two air conditioning technicians working at the Lesslie home, James Lewis and Robert Shook, both 38. He would later take his own life.
Adams’ brain is now being examined for a possible degenerative disease that has been shown to cause violent mood swings and other cognitive disorders in some athletes.