BIG SPRING - The discovery of a body in Big Spring has brought the name Hailey Dunn back on everyone's lips. Add to the fact that Hailey's mother's live-in boyfriend Shawn Adkins is back in town, it's stirring up a lot of controversy.
Since the disappearance of the Colorado City teen we haven't heard much from Adkins or his side of the story. But on Thursday, NewsWest 9 got the chance to speak to his attorney and clear up some unanswered questions.
December 27, 2010, 13-year-old Hailey Dunn went missing from Colorado City. The only person of interest named by authorities was and still is Shawn Adkins.
"He knows he had nothing to do with the disappearance of Hailey Dunn," Alex Eyssen, Shawn Adkins attorney from Abilene, said.
More than a year later, we're getting answers to some burning questions from Shawn Adkins lawyer. Eyssen says Shawn is back in the area.
"He and Billie both have a strong tie to Hailey and they want to be close if in fact that is Hailey. So before talking to anybody, he made the decision that he needed to come back and return to the area and be close," Eyssen said.
The remains that were found happened to be only a few miles from Shawn Adkins mother's house, fueling the rumors. But Shawn insists he had nothing to do with Hailey going missing. Eyssen says Shawn is heartbroken and hopes that soon his name will be exonerated.
"He is saddened by it. I think the law enforcement focus on him has been unfounded and he would like to have his name cleared," Eyssen said.
But why did Shawn move away from Colorado City?
"In a small community like both Colorado City and Big Spring he could not go anywhere without being questioned and confronted about this matter. He could not find employment and he felt that if he was ever going to be able to live a life on his own, he would have to move," Eyssen said.
Shawn's lawyer tells NewsWest 9 that he doesn't agree with the polygraph test he took last year and he approves of Shawn walking out.
"When a polygraph changes from what should just be a question and answer session to a screaming match where someone is being pressured to make a fake false confession, it has to be ended," Eyssen said.
As for the statements where Shawn told authorities that they could find Hailey in Scurry County, he says they are false.
"I think a lot of the statements that have been attributed to him and others have been incorrect," Eyssen said.
During the investigation, court documents said a search of the family's home found a box containing hundreds of documents focused on mass murderers, serial killers and murders of family members.
Eyssen said this was all based on Shawn's interest in film and literature. Another court document states over 100,000 images of child porn and bestiality were found on a computer at the home of Shawn Adkins' mother in Big Spring.
"We have never, despite numerous requests, confirmed from law enforcement that there have been any of those items discovered and if they have been discovered, which we don't know that, they have not come from any source attributed to Shawn," Eyssen said.