Weatherford Democrat

December 30, 2012

Capital murder indictment returned against Aledo teen

Evans faces imprisonment without parole if convicted


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Parker County grand jury handed down an indictment Friday morning charging 17-year-old Jacob “Jake” Ryan Evans with capital murder in the Oct. 4 shooting deaths of his mother and younger sister.

The Annetta South resident is accused of killing his 48-year-old mother, Jami, and 15-year-old sister, Mallory, before calling a 911 operator shortly after midnight and calmly confessing to the crime.

If convicted of capital murder, Evans faces mandatory life in prison without parole as he is not eligible for the death penalty. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2005 prohibited capital punishment for those under 18 years old.

The grand jury also indicted him on separate murder charges in the deaths. If convicted of those, Evans could face five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

According to the medical examiner’s office, Mallory Evans died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and neck and her 48-year-old mother died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head. Both deaths were ruled homicides.

The teen described the killings during the 911 call.

“This is really going to mess me up in the future,” Evans said. “See my sister, I told my sister that my mom needed her. She was in her room and she came out of her room and I, uh, I, I shot her. She rolled down the stairs and I shot her again. And then I went down and I shot my mom about maybe three or four times.”

He would never forget when his sister then came down the stairs screaming, Evans said on the 911 tape, adding that he told her to hold still, he was going to make it go away but that she continued “freaking out.”

“But finally she fell down and I shot her in the head, about probably three times,” Evans said.

Asked by the 911 dispatcher if there was a reason he was so angry with his mother and sister, Evans replied: “I don’t know. I wasn’t — it’s weird — I wasn’t even really angry with them. It just kind of happened. I had been kind of planning on killing for a while now.”

The teen suspect told the dispatcher he had been planning to kill “pretty much anybody.”

“I’m pretty, I guess, evil,” Evans said.

He surrendered to authorities peacefully when they arrived at the residence in the 100 block of River Creek Lane.

Evans’ father was out of town on business at the time of the incident and two adult siblings did not live at the house.

Evans is believed to have stolen the .22-caliber revolver used in the incident from his grandfather’s house across the street about two weeks earlier, according to authorities.

The teen also told investigators he watched Rob Zombie’s “Halloween,” a violent horror film, three times during the week leading up to the day he killed his sister and mother.

Jami Evans was a former elementary school teacher and assistant principal at Stuard and Coder elementary schools between 1989 and 2004. She also worked as a substitute teacher for Aledo ISD beginning in 2007.

Jake Evans was withdrawn from Aledo High School in January to home school, according to district superintendent Dan Manning, who said that Evans’ sister also withdrew from the Aledo district at some point, as well.

The case was assigned to 415th District Judge Graham Quisenberry’s court Friday and attorneys Larry Moore and Mac Smith were appointed to represent Evans.

Evans remained in the Parker County Jail Friday without bond.