TRIAL

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their mar­riage and moved into a condo at 6080 Gulf­port Blvd. S in Gulf­port.

On Dec. 20, 2008, she was play­ing golf with a co-worker, the 43-year-old Tay­lor. They went back to her place to drink wine and play mu­sic. Later that day, LaBruzzo said, Evans showed up and con­fronted them in­side her bed­room.

Some­one di­aled 911, but hung up. When a dis­patcher called back, the call was picked up and recorded the sec­onds be­fore El­iz­a­beth Evans and Tay­lor died.

Prose­cu­tors will also present other ev­i­dence. A neigh­bor walk­ing his dog saw Evans out­side mo­ments be­fore the 911 call. Evans’ gun hol­ster was also found at the scene. Shell cas­ings left in El­iz­a­beth Evans’ bed­room, LaBruzzo said, matched Evans’ Glock hand­gun, which de­tec­tives found in his safe. Peo­ple who knew the Evanses will also take the stand to iden­tify the voices on the record­ing.

While LaBruzzo de­scribed the Evanses as “es­tranged,” As­sis­tant Pub­lic De­fender Paige Par­ish said the cou­ple was “am­i­ca­bly sep­a­rated.” El­iz­a­beth Evans still spent time with her step­son. The Evanses had also seen each other shortly be­fore the shoot­ing, get­ting their cars washed to­gether and meet­ing with a Real­tor to dis­cuss the sale of a prop­erty.

Par­ish also pointed to holes in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which she said was squarely fo­cused on only Evans. De­tec­tives never ques­tioned El­iz­a­beth Evans’ ex-hus­bands or Tay­lor’s wife, she added.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also found prints on El­iz­a­beth Evans’ back door and DNA on the gun hol­ster that was never iden­ti­fied.

“The most amaz­ing thing about the Amer­i­can crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem is that we don’t get to tell you what the an­swer is,” Par­ish told the jury. “You get to de­cide.”

The 911 record­ing was at the crux of Evans’ ap­peal. In a 2015 opin­ion by the Florida Supreme Court, jus­tices ques­tioned Pinel­las sher­iff ’s De­tec­tive Ed­ward Judy’s tes­ti­mony. On the stand, Judy said he be­lieved the voice of the in­truder was Evans be­cause he had lis­tened to his jail phone calls sev­eral times and was fa­mil­iar with Evans’ voice. The court ruled that Judy “did not have prior fa­mil­iar­ity with Evans or spe­cial train­ing in voice recog­ni­tion.”

The jus­tices also flagged for­mer As­sis­tant State At­tor­ney Wil­liam Lough­ery. They took is­sue with some of his com­ments, in­clud­ing Lough­ery’s re­marks about the de­fense’s the­ory, at one point say­ing “only in a world pop­u­lated by de­fense at­tor­neys would that be true.”

Prose­cu­tors are still seek­ing the death penalty. In Evans’ first trial, ju­rors voted 9-3 in fa­vor of the death penalty for the mur­der of El­iz­a­beth Evans and 8-4 for the mur­der of Tay­lor.

But un­der the state’s new death penalty law, ju­ries must vote unan­i­mously to send some­one to death row.

The trial re­sumes to­day.

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