New trial starts in double slaying
Former Jabil executive Patrick Evans was convicted and sentenced to death in 2012 for killing his estranged wife and her friend. But in 2015, the Florida Supreme Court overturned his convictions, citing errors in a detective’s testimony and criticizing a prosecutor’s remarks.
A former Jabil vice president is charged with murder in the deaths of his wife and a friend.
LARGO — A 911 call captured the final moments of Elizabeth Evans and Gerald Taylor before they were shot to death on Dec. 20, 2008.
Someone told them to sit on a bed. They begged the intruder to put the gun down. And before shots rang out, Elizabeth Evans said the word “Rick.”
That name, said Pinellas-Pasco Assistant State Attorney Christopher LaBruzzo, is how Elizabeth Evans referred to her husband, Patrick Evans. He is charged with the murders of his wife and her friend.
“There’s only one verdict in this case,” LaBruzzo told the jury Thursday during opening statements in Evans’ trial. “That’s a verdict of guilty.”
Evans, a former Jabil vice president, was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders in 2012. But in 2015, the Florida Supreme Court overturned his convictions, citing errors in a detective’s testimony and criticizing a prosecutor’s remarks during the first trial.
Prosecutors are still seeking the death penalty.
LaBruzzo told the 12-member jury, plus two alternates, about the Evanses’ strained relationship.
They were married in 2005 and were together for three years until they separated in 2008. Evans filed for divorce, but later dismissed his petition. Elizabeth Evans, 44, had also filed to end