Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Jury selection in new murder retrial of former Jabil executive begins today

Jury selection in the second trial of Patrick Evans, charged with the 2008 slayings of his estranged wife and her friend, is scheduled to begin this morning.

Before his arrest, Evans was a Jabil vice president and was married to Elizabeth Evans, who later filed for divorce.

On Dec. 20, 2008, she went on a date with a co-worker, Gerald Taylor. Later that day, authorities said, Evans confronted them inside her Gulfport condo and shot them. Both had been shot in the neck. She died at the scene and Taylor later died at a hospital.

Evans, now 50, was arrested and indicted on two counts of first-degree murder. In 2011, a jury found him guilty. The next year, a circuit judge sentenced him to death after jurors voted 9-3 in favor of the death penalty in the murder of Elizabeth Evans and 8-4 in favor of the death penalty in the murder of Taylor.

But in November 2015, the Florida Supreme Court overturned his death sentence, citing errors in testimony from a detective and criticizing remarks by a prosecutor.

In the new trial, prosecutors are still seeking the death penalty. But under a new state law, the jury must be unanimous.

Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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