Weatherford Democrat

January 25, 2013

Written confessions

Evans describes to investigators plan to kill older sister and grandparents; how he would feel ‘when he killed someone’


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

A teen accused of shooting his mother and younger sister wrote in a confession introduced in court Wednesday that he had planned to kill his grandparents and older sisters, as well.

However, the teen wrote that the two killings turned out to be a “dreadful and terrifying” experience that will haunt him forever.

Jacob “Jake” Ryan Evans, 17, of Annetta South, remained in the Parker County Jail Thursday on a charge of capital murder. He is accused in the Oct. 4 shooting deaths of his mother, 47-year-old Jami Evans, and sister, 15-year-old Mallory Evans.

In the signed statement made public Thursday despite the objections of his court-appointed defense attorneys, Evans wrote shortly after the incident that he spent a portion of the afternoon before the killing watching - for the third time that week - Rob Zombie’s “Halloween,” which tells a story of a boy who murders his family members.

“While watching it, I was amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had afterward,” Evans wrote. “Afterward, I was thinking to myself it would be the same for me when I kill someone.”

Evans described spending his time sitting or hitting golf balls in the yard that afternoon and evening, thinking about how he was going to kill his family.

“My plan was to kill my sister and my mom at my house and then go over to my grandparent’s house [on the same street] and kill my oldest sister, Emily, and my two grandparents,” Evans wrote. “Then I was going to wait until morning and kill my other sister, Audrey, because she was visiting from college.”

He’d had a dispute with his younger sister that day, calling her racist because of comments she made and telling her to research lynching, he wrote.

After retrieving his father’s folding knife, Evans described pacing back and forth as he imagined killing Mallory Evans.

“Thoughts of causing her pain kept entering my mind and were really bothering me,” Evans wrote. “But then I’d think about the time she hurt my feelings or really pissed me off.”

Evans stated he invited his sister to watch a movie with him and, at one point, stood in another room imagining killing his sister for about 30 minutes before joining her on the couch with the knife in his pocket. He then proceeded to initiate a playful pillow fight between the two, Evans wrote.

“After a while, I thought to myself that if I were to kill my mom and Mallory, I wouldn’t want them to feel anything,” Evans wrote. “So I decided to kill them both with the .22-revolver I stole from my Grandpa.”

After retrieving the weapon from his closet, “I then spent probably over an hour walking nervously around the house thinking how life will never be the same and how I would never see them again,” Evans wrote.

He said he then knocked on his sister’s door and told her that his mother wanted her.

“She came out and out of the corner of her eye saw me pointing the gun at her,” Evans described. “She thought I was joking and told me that I was freaking her out. I shot her in the back and then the head. I ran down to the study and shot my mom three times. In shock, I ran to my room and was screaming at the top of my lungs that I am really messed up and that I killed my mom and sister.”

Hearing noises, he realized his sister was still alive, Evans wrote.

“While I loaded the gun back up, I was shouting that I was sorry and then ran as fast as I could to kill her,” Evans wrote. “I then made sure my mom was dead and shot her again in the head.

Evans described himself as “very shocked and scared” following the shooting.

“When I look at people, especially teenagers, I see them as being very cruel to one another emotionally,” Evans wrote. “It seems their favorite hobby is picking on someone else. The people who are racists, bullies and who are full of themselves are the really evil ones. And it amazes me because those three qualities are extremely common today.”

“I was very sad because I felt like my own family were becoming the people I hate,” Evans wrote. “I know now, though, that I’m done with killing. It’s the most dreadful and terrifying thing I will ever experience. And what happened last night will haunt me forever.”