LAWRENCEVILLE, GA --Billy Joe Cook and his lawyer, Keith Adams during a court hearing. (NICK ARROYO/AJC staff)
Credit: Nick Arroyo
Credit: Nick Arroyo
"I am fearful of my life and feel that even when I tell Billy Cook to leave me alone he does not listen," Adams wrote in the court document. "I am afraid that if I do not let him in my life he will become violent and angry."
The judge who granted Adams' request for a temporary restraining order scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to consider extending the order for six months, according to court documents.
Cook appeared in court for the hearing, which was postponed because Adams is missing.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Cook denied being violent with Adams, a hair stylist in Norcross. He said he has not seen Cook since the day she obtained the restraining order. Cook admitted that the couple had argued that day.
"We were just fussing. It was not violent," said Cook, who runs a vending machine business out of his Snellville home. "The restraining order was a misunderstanding. Some of her friends heard us fussing and called the police. But we were only fussing. Her friends never heard us fuss like that before."
Cook said he is aware that police and family members usually suspect significant others in missing person's cases.
"I have received six or seven calls from her family," said Cook. "Her daughter even called me and asked me what did I do to her mother. I am really suffering around this. I am deeply hurt that she is missing."
Lilburn police issued a news release on Tuesday asking for the public's help in locating Adams. Department spokesman Tyler Thomas said officers who searched her apartment "saw some things that didn't add up." He declined to elaborate. The investigation has since been turned over to county police.
In the interview, Cook also admitted to a troubled past. He said he served 13 years in federal prison on drug and weapons charges when he lived in Macon.
"That was 15 years ago," said Cook. "I've turned my life around now."
Adams works at Great Clips in Norcross and is a student at Gwinnett Technical College, according to court documents. One of Adams' co-workers at the hair saloon said employees do not want to speculate publicly about what happened to her.
"She was a great person," said Pegah Doustani, a hair stylist. "She was always upbeat, always cheerful."