David Evans Sr. Found Guilty in Murder-for-Hire Plan of his Wife

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE: 1/26 @ 10:30pm
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- David Evans Sr. was found guilty Tuesday night of organizing the murder-for-hire plot to kill his wife, Carol.

The jury returned guilty verdicts in 14 of the 15 charges against Evans.

The only not guilty verdict was on the count of conspiracy to commit aggravated arson.

The jury deliberated for nearly five hours before reaching their verdicts.

Evans' wife was found strangled to death in her bed in March 2008.

The 14 guilty verdicts included 2 counts of aggravated murder, 2 counts of murder,. 2 counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, 2 counts of complicity to commit aggravated burglary, 1 count of a pattern of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and 2 counts of obstructing justice.

When the judge asked Mr. Evans if he had anything to say following the verdicts, his only comment was, "I’m just not guilty."

The judge then immediately sentenced him to life in prison with the eligibility of parole in 25 years on each of the murder charges. That would be when Mr. Evans is 100.

The judge dismissed the charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Evans' family agreed to take any death penalty considerations off the table.

"This is a tragedy for our family," the Evans' daughter Debby Crabtree said. "We've lost our mother and we've lost our father to evil, and we've learned so much about the world of drugs, the world of heroin, all the things that happen in our county, and we've lost our mother and we've lost our father to that world."



UPDATE: 1/26 3:00pm
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A jury is now deliberating the fate of a Jackson, Ohio man charged with organizing the alleged murder-for-hire of his wife.

75-year-old David Evans, Sr. faces a 15-count indictment related to Carol Evans murder.

In March 2008, she was found dead in their home on Camba Road in Franklin Township.

The prosecution and defense presented their closing arguments in the trial Tuesday morning.

The jury got the case around 2:45 Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Evans did not testify in his own defense during the trial.

We have a crew in the courtroom.

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UPDATE: 1/25
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) – The prosecution rested it’s case in David Evans Sr.’s murder trial on Monday.

The defense is now presenting its case. No word if Evans plans to testify in his own defense.

Closing arguments could begin as early as Tuesday morning; the case would then go to the jury.



UPDATE: 1/18
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The admitted killer in the murder-for-hire trial of Jackson, Ohio businessman, David Evans Sr., took the witness stand Monday.

A reporter from The Telegram in Jackson tells WSAZ.com that Terry Vance said, “I put the cord around [Carol Evans'] neck and strangled her, it took about two minutes."

Carol's husband, David Evans Sr., is charged with organizing the murder-for-hire plan. He is charged in a 15-count indictment.

Back in 2008, Terry Vance pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and burglary charges relating to her murder.

Vance was sentenced to 18 years in prison. The plea included his testimony against Evans Sr.

Vance also told the court Monday that the 75-year-old Evans offered him $50,000 and a car to commit the March 2008 murder.

Vance did say his deal to testify took away a possible death sentence.

The trial will continue through the week.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE: 1/14
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Testimony is now underway in David Evans' murder trial in Jackson County, Ohio.

The 75-year-old Evans is on trial for his alleged role in plotting the murder of his wife.

Carol Evans was found dead in their home on Camba Road in Franklin Township backing March 2008.

The trial is taking place in Jackson County Common Pleas Court. The jury heard opening statements Thursday morning.

Prosecutors told jurors that Evans, who was craving more power and full of greed, planned and hired people from the local drug underworld to kill his wife.

Evans' lawyer said it was those same drug underworld people who did the murder planning and the killing itself, manipulating a stroke addled rich old man.

The trial is expected to last at least a week, if not more.

Jury selection took three days.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for more information.



UPDATE: 1/11
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Jury selection began Monday morning in the murder trial of the man charged with plotting to kill his wife in Jackson County, Ohio.

Court officials say jury selection for David Evans trial should last until Wednesday.

The 74-year-old Evans is charged in a 15-count indictment related to the murder of his wife, Carol Evans.

In March 2008, she was found dead in their home on Camba Road in Franklin Township.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE: 1/6
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man accused of plotting to kill his wife has withdrawn a portion of his not guilty plea.

The trial for David Evans from Jackson County, Ohio, is scheduled to start next week.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office says earlier this week Evans withdrew his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to several of the charges. His not guilty plea to the charges remains.

74-year-old Evans is charged in a 15-count indictment related to the murder of his wife, Carol Evans.

In March 2008, she was found dead in their home on Camba Road in Franklin Township.

Evans trial was supposed to start last September, but when he changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity and it was delayed.

Jury selection starts Monday.



UPDATE: 9/28
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) – The murder trial for David Evans Sr. has been postponed until at least January.

The case was originally scheduled to start Monday (9/28).

Evans is accused of plotting to kill his wife Carol a their home in Jackson County, Ohio, in March 2008. When he was arrested, he told police he hired three people to commit the crime.

According to a published report, the postponement is the result of "not guilty" and "not guilty by reason of insanity" pleas to several of the charges during his arraignment in Jackson County Common Pleas Court last week.

Earlier this month, five new charges were added to the original 10-count indictment against Evans.



UPDATE: 9/17
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- David Evans Sr. will face additional charges when his trial starts alter this month.

On Wednesday, a Jackson County, Ohio grand jury indicted Evans Sr. on five additional counts. Reports say these charges are related to an attempted murder-for-hire plot involving another family member.

These new charges are conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, falsification, and 2 counts of obstructing justice.

Mr. Evans is already charged with 10 counts relating to the murder of his wife back in March 2008.

Those charges are 2 counts of aggravated murder, 2 counts of murder, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, 1 count of complicity to commit aggravated burglary, one count of complicity to commit aggravated robbery, 1 count of conspiracy to commit arson, and 1 count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

His trial is scheduled to begin on September 28.



UPDATE 6/10
Court Officials have set a September 28 trial date for David Evans.

Several pre-trial hearing have also been scheduled before this new trial date.



ORIGINAL STORY
JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man from Jackson, Ohio, pleaded guilty in January to plotting the murder of his wife. Friday, at his sentencing hearing, his defense attorney withdrew that plea and requested a trial.

David Evans Sr. entered a guilty plea in January on charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder and complicity to commit aggravated burglary.

At the time, the 74-year-old admitted that he hired three people to kill Carol Evans at their Camba Road home in Jackson, Ohio, last March.

The three other people involved in the organized scheme, Terry Vance, Randy Faught and Heather Speakman have all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and were prepared to testify against Evans.

Prosecutors say Vance was the one who broke into the home and strangled Mrs. Evans to death. The idea was to make it look like a botched burglary.

Friday, after a two hour, closed door meeting between members of the Evans family and the prosecuting attorney, the defense attorney took back the guilty plea.

Evans' lawyer, Rick Faulkner, says psychiatric exams show his client was not the mastermind behind the murder-for-hire plot.

"The person that plotted and planned and the person that killed Mrs. Evans. The two people that did that are both in prison," Defense attorney Rick Faulkner said.

The case is now set for trial and a conviction could lead to the death penalty for Mr. Evans.

"It's hard to know what's right to do in this situation. Our mother has been murdered. Our father had agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to that murder. We are trapped in the middle -- absolutely trapped in the middle. There is no resolution to satisfy us. It's impossible to satisfy us in this case. It's impossible. But to put it on our shoulders is wrong."
Debby Crabtree, Evans' daughter, said.

Evans faced between 5 and 20 years at the sentencing that was supposed to take place Friday.


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