Monday, August 20, 2018
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Convicted murderer Patrick A. Evans hit with $54 million wrongful death verdict

Former Jabil Circuit executive Patrick A. Evans already has been convicted of murdering his wife and her friend, but his legal woes are not over.

A jury on Monday decided Evans should pay $54 million in a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of Jerry B. Taylor, whom Evans shot and killed in December 2008.

Another lawsuit filed on behalf of Evans' slain wife Elizabeth is still working through the court system.

Later this month, Evans is set to appear before a judge to learn if he will be sentenced to death.

Monday's $54 million verdict includes $4 million "for the endless pain he has inflicted" against Taylor's 10-year-old daughter Francesca, said attorney Mark Perenich, who handled the case. Francesca, who was 7 at the time of the killings, was interviewed in a videotaped deposition, which was played for the jury, Perenich said.

The verdict also includes $50 million in punitive damages and more than $26,000 for expenses, Perenich said.

Evans had a defense attorney during parts of the court case, but the attorney withdrew before trial, and Evans did not make any moves after that to fight the lawsuit, Perenich said.

Perenich acknowledged that Evans, facing either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole, is unable to pay $54 million. But he may be able to pay some. Evans has owned a waterfront home in St. Pete Beach, a condo and an airplane, Perenich said.

"We can now turn our efforts to uncovering whatever assets there may be," Perenich said.

Evans once was a vice president of Jabil, and handled the corporation's business in Asia. But in the midst of his third divorce, he went to the Gulfport condo where Elizabeth Evans was living and shot her and Taylor. A jury convicted Evans in November and recommended the death penalty.

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