Joshua Leon Archie
Joshua Leon Archie
The capital murder trial of a 26-year-old Ridgeland man begins next week in the 2012 Party City case.

Joshua Leon Archie is looking at life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of 68-year-old Party City manager Bobby Adams in what law enforcement say was an inside robbery job Oct. 26.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said they were not seeking the death penalty in this case.

Archie was a former Party City employee and is charged with murdering Adams on Oct. 26, 2012. Adams was closing the store he managed for 20 years that night when Archie allegedly burst through an unlocked back door. Officials say Adams attempted to grab the gun from Archie and was shot and killed in the process.

Archie then allegedly entered the store wearing a ski mask and gloves and demanded another employee, Undra Ward, to place money into a book bag, but he was in on the deal.

Ward, 27, has already pleaded guilty in exchange for 45 years in prison. Ward is expected to testify against Archie during trial.

Ward was a former Ridgeland High School standout football player who later went on to play football at Holmes Community College. Both were in the process of trying to join the Jackson Fire Department at the time of the robbery.