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Ex-wife worried about violence from double-slaying suspect

ST. PETERSBURG — Andrea Evans worried her ex-husband might spin out of control.

"I always feared it," she said of Patrick A. Evans, the former Jabil Circuit executive now accused of killing his estranged wife and a friend. "I always believed he was capable of something, I just thought that maybe I would be wrong."

Patrick Evans has been held in the Pinellas County Jail since his arrest in the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of Elizabeth Evans, 44, and her friend Jerry Taylor, 43. Both were shot once in the neck.

When Andrea Evans heard about the killings, she said it was "like having the air taken out of your lungs."

Andrea and Patrick Evans were married for nine years before she filed for divorce in 2005. They had a volatile relationship and at one point Andrea Evans sought a protective order against him because she feared for her safety.

She was in court Monday to ask a judge for sole custody of the couple's 7-year-old son.

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Walt Logan granted her request on a temporary basis. It means she will no longer have to consult with her ex-husband on such matters as arranging for counseling or making a change in his school.

Her attorney, Gale Moore, pointed out that with Patrick Evans in jail, it would be impossible "to consult with Dad on every parenting issue."

Monday's family court hearing was conducted in a St. Petersburg courtroom, and Patrick Evans, 41, participated by telephone from the jail. He was represented by his criminal defense attorney, Frank W. McDermott, who advised him not to speak. He has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charges.

Pam Mewha, Andrea's mother, also attended the hearing. Afterward, she said she was shocked by the murders, even though she thought him capable of violence.

She worries about the effect on her grandson.

"This is not something a 7-year-old should have to deal with," she said.

Curtis Krueger can be reached at ckrueger@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8232.

Ex-wife worried about violence from double-slaying suspect 12/29/08 [Last modified: Thursday, January 1, 2009 1:44am]
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