Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Trial starts in double murder case of former Jabil Circuit executive Patrick A. Evans

LARGO — Jury selection has begun in the murder case against Patrick A. Evans, a former Jabil Circuit vice president accused of shooting his wife and her friend.

Attorneys were predicting jury selection would take most if not all of the day and that opening statements would likely begin Tuesday morning.

During some preliminary hearings Monday, defense attorney David Parry asked the judge if jurors could be questioned by attorneys individually, because of pretrial publicity. Parry said the case was covered by local television after the December 2008 shootings. He also said St. Petersburg Times articles had focused on reports of domestic disturbances between Evans and his second and third wives.

Parry said these reports suggested Evans "in some way had been an abusive husband," but said they were based on evidence that would not be admissible in the court case. He said the reports were "more like neighborhood scuttlebutt."

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Richard Luce said he would allow for individual questioning of potential jurors if they said they remembered the news coverage.

That way, they could discuss the coverage outside of the hearing of other people who might serve on the jury.

Questioning of jurors will take longer than in many other cases, because prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. If potential jurors indicate they flatly oppose the death penalty, that would prevent them from serving in this case.

If the jurors convict Evans of the murders, they will be asked to come back for a penalty phase of the trial to recommend whether Evans should be put to death. That recommendation, either for or against, would then be forwarded to Judge Luce.

Police say that on Dec. 20, 2008, Evans went to the Gulfport condo where his estranged wife Elizabeth K. Evans lived. She was there with her friend, Jerry B. Taylor, 43. Evans is accused of pulling out his handgun and killing them both.

Prosecutors intend to use an intriguing piece of evidence in the trial: a 911 recording of the murder, made when someone called emergency dispatchers from the condo.

Trial starts in double murder case of former Jabil Circuit executive Patrick A. Evans 10/31/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2011 12:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Prosecutors tried to delay a trial because of the eclipse. Florida judge cited 'Star Trek' in ruling


    The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but they cannot be stopped by Monday's total eclipse, a judge has ruled.

    Schweta Kulkarni, from left, Rhea Kulkarni and Saanvi Kulkarni, from Seattle, try out their eclipse glasses on the sun at a gathering of eclipse viewers in Salem, Ore., early Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) ORDR102
  2. Top 5 at Noon: Mayoral race affects ballpark decision; stream the eclipse live


    Here are the latest headlines and updates on

    Looking east at Tropicana Field and downtown St. Petersburg.  SCOTT KEELER    |    Times

  3. Full disclosure: My AP Top 25 ballot


    Now that you've seen the preseason AP Top 25, here's what I submitted in my first year as a voter. The AP doesn't give us many guidelines in the preseason. I didn't try to predict how …

  4. AP Top 25: Alabama first, FSU, UF, Miami and USF all in top 20


    As expected, Alabama will start the season at No. 1 in the AP Top 25.

  5. Hollywood lost a serious filmmaker in Jerry Lewis


    The day the clown died, Hollywood lost a serious filmmaker in Jerry Lewis.

    Jerry Lewis in 2005. Lewis, the comedian and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91 (New York Times)