Patrick Evans Deemed Guilty of Murder

****UPDATE: Jury finds Patrick Evans guilty in double-murder trial listen live for details on AM 820 News.


Former Jabil Circuit executive Patrick A. Evans was found guilty Wednesday morning of two counts of first degree murder.

The jury spent about an hour and 20 minutes deliberating. The reading of the verdict was delayed for about half an hour so Evans’ family members could return to the courtroom.

The jury found Evans murdered his wife, Elizabeth K. Evans, and her friend Jerry B. Taylor.

Jurors will reconvene later to discuss whether he should be given the death penalty. That recommendation, either for or against, would be forwarded to Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Richard Luce.

Evans in Dec. 20, 2008 went to the Gulfport condo where his estranged wife, Elizabeth, lived, and fatally shot her and her friend Taylor. Evans, 44, is a former vice president of Jabil.

At the time of the shooting, someone in the condo had been on the line with a 911 emergency dispatcher, and the phone had not been hung up. So the killings were recorded.

Evans took the witness stand earlier in the week and denied the voice on the recording was him, even though others on the recording refer to “Rick,” which is a name he went by.

St. Petersburg Times