BREAKING: Frasch Enters Plea, Released from Jail

By: Charlene Cristobal, Julie Montanaro;Chris Gros Email
By: Charlene Cristobal, Julie Montanaro;Chris Gros Email
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By Julie Montanaro
October 30, 2014

A doctor suspected in his wife's murder was released from jail this afternoon, after reaching a plea deal on child custody charges.

Our cameras were rolling when Dr. Adam Frasch walked out just before 2 p.m.

"Just tell people when they leave home in the morning to just make sure you kiss your loved ones and tell them that you love them because it may be the last time that you see them," Frasch said as he left the jail. "This is the biggest travesty and injustice that anybody could have happen to them."

Adam Frasch walked out of the jail Thursday with his father, minister and friends by his side.

He reached a plea deal earlier in the day, pleading no contest to a pair of misdemeanors for attempted interference with child custody.

He was sentenced to time served and released.

"The opportunity to go home today led him to take a plea deal not because he is guilty of any wrongdoing, but simply for the convenience of getting out of jail," defense attorney John Leace said. "Dr. Frasch has been held in jail for eight months. He hasn't seen any of his children during that time period. He has a mother who is very, very ill. He wants the opportunity to move forward and start building his life back."

The plea comes nearly eight months - and several competency evaluations - after Frasch's arrest.

He was accused of taking his two daughters, ages 10 months and two years, to Panama City in February despite a court order granting sole custody to his wife Samira.

She was found dead in the family's pool the same day. Frasch is a suspect in her murder, prosecutors say, but has not been charged.

Prosecutors say they offered the plea in the child custody case - so they wouldn't have to turn over evidence in the murder investigation.

"Our office intends to go forward and present the homicide case to the grand jury and that's the next step in the process for us," prosecutor John Hutchins said.

The grand jury is expected to take up the Frasch case next Thursday.

Frasch's attorney says Frasch plans to travel to Nebraska to see his family and will soon make a decision about whether he'll testify before the grand jury.


By: Julie Montanaro
October 30, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Adam Frasch has entered a plea in a child custody case and will be released from jail today.

Prosecutors say Frasch entered a plea to two misdemeanor counts of attempted interference with child custody and was sentenced to time served.

Assistant State Attorney John Hutchins says a grand jury will review evidence in the murder of Frasch's wife next week.


Updated by: Charlene Cristobal
October 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --
"I believe that he's competent."
"I found that Dr. Frasch is competent to stand trial."

Doctor Adam Frasch sat emotionless during his hour long mental health hearing. Two doctors testified that they evaluated Frasch and he is mentally stable to testify in court.

"It appears, based on my evaluation of Dr. Frasch and based on the records I was able to review at the jail, that he has been taking his medication since the time of the initial trial and since that time, I've noticed an improvement in his mood," said one of the doctor's who has evaluated Frasch. "He's less manic, he's able to follow conversations, maintain attention and conversation and he's able to be redirected when he gets off task."

Frasch has been behind bars since February when his wife Samira was found dead in the family's backyard pool. Frasch was arrested later that same day, accused of taking the couple's two young daughters to Panama City, despite a divorce court order against it.

In the end, the judge did rule that Frasch is mentally stable to stand trial, and will do so, tentatively, on December 1st.

He's also facing Federal charges after police found guns in his Thomasville office during a Medicaid fraud investigation.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A local doctor whose wife was found dead in the family's swimming pool was back in court this morning.

A Leon County Judge ruled Adam Frasch fit to stand trial on child custody charges.

Frasch has been behind bars since February but had been deemed unfit to stand trial back in August.

Frasch was in court Friday morning as two doctors testified that he is mentally stable and can testify during trial.

His wife Samira was found dead in the family's backyard pool in February and Frasch was arrested later that same day, accused of taking the couple's two young daughters to Panama City despite a court order against it.

Police ruled Samira's death a homicide, but Frasch has not been charged in his wife's murder.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
August 14, 2014

Ours were the only cameras rolling when Dr. Adam Frasch faced a judge this morning.

Dr. Adam Frasch has been behind bars since February.

His wife Samara was found dead in the family's backyard pool and Frasch was arrested later that same day and accused of taking the couple's two young daughters to Panama City despite a divorce court order against it.

He has not been charged in his wife's murder and his attorney made a passionate plea to the judge Thursday to release him from jail.

"Dr. Frasch is being treated as if he's been charged with first degree murder and he hasn't," defense attorney John Leace said.

Frasch's attorney contends the custody charges are not enough to hold him indefinitely. He points to two psychologists who recently testified Frasch was not a danger to himself or anyone else.

"He's just languishing in jail and it's frustrating," Leace said.

But prosecutors were quick to point out Frasch has already been released from jail once - and re-arrested for violating the rules - after federal agents found guns in his Thomasville podiatry office.

"To say that Dr. Frasch does not constitute a danger and isn't a threat, judge, is asking the court to totally ignore the fact that the state attorney's office was prepared to go forward to a grand jury and seek a first degree murder indictment," prosecutor John Hutchins said.

The judge ordered Frasch to remain behind bars - without bond - and continue taking his medication.

Frasch was found incompetent to stand trial on the child custody charges last month. His attorney contends the fastest way to ensure his competency is to let him out to get treatment. The judge said he'll eventually order another mental health evaluation.


UPDATED
By: Chris Gros
July 31,2014

Tallahassee, FL - A judge has ordered that Dr. Adam Frasch receive bi-polar medication while in Leon County Jail.

Judge Kevin J. Carroll made that decision after the latest psychiatric evaluation revealed that Frasch is mentally incompetent to participate in trial.

"I think that the second he gets to competency, he needs to participate and we need to get this thing wrapped up. I can't send him to the state hospital right now when the doctors are telling me he doesn't meet the criteria for it," said Judge Carroll.

Frasch currently faces charges of interference with child custody for taking his two young daughters to Panama City despite a divorce court order against it..

Judge Carroll has ordered a status conference to take place two weeks from today's hearing on August 14th.

It was also revealed today in court that Frasch has been receiving medication for two weeks now in jail.

Both Frasch's defense and the State Attorney's office denied to comment on camera.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
June 12, 2014

A judge has ordered a third psychiatric evaluation of Dr. Adam Frasch.

Judge Caloca-Johnson says the latest psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Leland found Frasch competent to proceed, with the exception of his ability to testify.

"It's the sort of hairsplitting that as a lawyer I'm not comfortable with," Frasch's attorney John Leace said. "It's unusual to be sort of competent and that seems to be what the evaluation says, 'You're competent for x and y but not z,' and that's what I want clarified."

Frasch currently faces charges of interference with child custody for taking his two young daughters to Panama City despite a divorce court order against it..

Adam Frasch was recently named a suspect in his wife's death but has not been charged.

We learned in court today that competency questions delayed a grand jury review of evidence in that homicide investigation - which was initially set for last week.

Prosecutors say Frasch has a right to testify before the grand jury.

"He (Frasch) has certainly expressed a desire before that he wants to testify at the Grand Jury. As you know, our office is prepared to go forward and we cancelled it based on his wish to testify because we needed to resolve this issue regarding competency before he could do that,' prosecutor John Hutchins said.

Frasch's attorney also asked the court to order the return of electronics and $5000 in cash taken from Frasch's house as well as keys taken from a backpack that Frasch had with him in Panama City when he was arrested.

The judge says she does not have jurisdiction to return the items because they were seized in connection with the homicide investigation.

Steve Andrews - who recently filed a wrongful death suit against Frasch on behalf of his wife Samira's estate - also argued against the return of the items because he feared Adam Frasch's family might try to liquidate her assets.

Another attorney representing Samira Frasch's family was there too.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
June 5, 2014

A Leon County Grand Jury was set to review evidence in the murder of Samira Frasch tomorrow. That has been delayed.

Her husband Adam Frasch is not charged in her death, but prosecutors call him a suspect.

We do not know why the grand jury review was delayed but we will let you know if and when it is rescheduled.


By Julie Montanaro
June 2, 2014

Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman confirms a grand jury will review evidence in the murder of Samira Frasch on Friday.

Cappleman calls Frasch's husband Adam Frasch a "suspect" in her murder.

Cappleman says the grand jury can choose to indict him or take no action at all.

A new grand jury will be sworn in Friday morning and then begin hearing evidence in the case.

Samira Frasch was found dead in the family's backyard pool in Golden Eagle in February. Her husband Adam Frasch was arrested in Panama City later the same day with his two young daughters. He is charged with interference with child custody. He has not been charged in connection with his wife's death.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office classified Samira Frasch's death as a homicide, but has not released any information on the cause of death.


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