TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Florida Supreme Court is tossing the murder convictions and death sentences of a St. Pete Beach man accused of killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend.
The court in a 4-3 ruling concluded there were multiple errors in the trial of Patrick Evans, a former Jabil Circuit executive.
Authorities say Elizabeth Evans and Jerry Taylor were found naked and shot in the neck in the bedroom of her Gulfport home in December 2008.
A key piece of evidence against Patrick Evans was a 911 recording in which prosecutors say he can be heard speaking before firing two shots.
Evans denied it was his voice but the trial judge allowed a police detective to say it was.
The court concluded it was wrong to allow the detective’s testimony.
Three justices, however, disagreed and said the conviction should have upheld.