LARGO — It sounds like smoking-gun evidence, but a defense attorney argued on Tuesday that a 911 recording of someone named "Rick" shooting two people is not enough to convict Patrick A. "Rick" Evans of murder.
And for that matter, neither is the ballistic evidence that shows the murder weapon was a gun Evans owned, the lawyer said.
"If you have a reasonable doubt about it, then you must find the defendant not guilty," defense attorney David Parry told jurors.
Prosecutors and the defense delivered closing arguments in Evans' murder trial Tuesday.
The case is expected to go to the jury today.
Prosecutors say Evans, a former Jabil Circuit vice president, went to the Gulfport condo where his estranged wife, Elizabeth K. Evans, lived, and fatally shot her and her friend Jerry B. Taylor.
At the time of the Dec. 20, 2008, 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.
Parry did not dispute the evidence that showed the bullets used in the killings came from a .40-caliber Glock handgun Evans owned.
But various other people knew the pass codes to Evans' garage door and his gun safe, especially since the code was the birthday of his second wife, Andrea Evans.
He suggested someone else could have taken the gun for the murder.