Sheriff: Aledo teen planned killings for at least 2 weeks

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A 17-year-old former Aledo High School student accused of fatally shooting his mother and younger sister apparently began planning the killings at least two weeks earlier, when he stole a .22-caliber revolver from his grandfather's home, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Friday.

But investigators still don't understand precisely what set Jake Evans off, Fowler said.

Evans, 17, told investigators that his grandfather had no idea that he had taken the weapon, Fowler said.

"He knew where it was kept," the sheriff said. "Does that show premeditation? Yeah. I would say it would."

Evans, 17, appeared before a magistrate Thursday and was charged with two counts of capital murder. He was denied bail and remained in the Parker County Jail on Friday.

The bodies of his mother, Jami Evans, 48, and his sister Mallory Evans, 15, were found inside the home in the 150 block of River Creek Lane when deputies arrived early Thursday. Jake Evans had called 911 around 12:30 a.m. and told the operator that he had killed them.

He was standing, hands raised, outside the front door when deputies arrived.

As one deputy handcuffed him and put him in the back of a patrol car, the others went inside, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Jami Evans was found in an office near the rear of the home; she had been shot multiple times. Mallory Evans was shot once on the stairway and several more times at the front of the house.

In his call, Evans described to a 911 operator the details of the shooting but didn't provide a clear-cut motive.

"I felt like they were just suffocating me, in a way," he says. "Obviously, you know, I'm pretty, I guess, evil."

Fowler said Jake Evans was cooperative but provided few explanations for the shooting during an interview with a Texas Ranger.

"He would just talk," Fowler said. "You didn't have to drag anything out of him.

"But there was no clear-cut answer as to why. There was nothing that could be gleaned from it."

Jake Evans hadn't spoken with family members as of Friday morning. His father, Darryl, was in Washington, D.C., on business at the time of the shootings and two older sisters weren't home.

The Evans family home sits on about two acres in a gated community in Annetta South, a few miles south of Aledo. Fowler said he had no record of any disturbance calls at the address until Jake Evans made his call early Thursday.

Jake Evans and his sister were being home-schooled after withdrawing from Aledo schools, Superintendent Dan Manning said.

Jake Evans left Aledo High School in January, during his sophomore year, according to school records. He played football in middle school and was on the high school golf team, school officials said. Mallory Evans withdrew from McAnally Intermediate in January 2010, according to school records.

Jami Evans worked in the Aledo district as an elementary school teacher and assistant principal for 15 years. She taught first grade at Coder Elementary and Stuard Elementary from 1989 until 2004, according to school records.

Fowler said investigators are still struggling for an explanation.

"Everybody is just in a total state of shock," Fowler said. "How does it get to this point? There is nothing clear-cut. He has some issues and what they are, I don't know."

Other than his statements to investigators and the 911 recording, Fowler said they remain at a loss to explain why this happened.

"I don't have any insight into it," Fowler said. "I've been around this a long time and I've never seen one like this. It's just a mind-boggler.

"Usually you have some history of mental issues but so far, I haven't heard anything that raised those red flags."

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Excerpts from Jake Evans' 911 call:

An operator answers and asks Evans to describe his emergency.

"Uh," he says evenly, "I just killed my mom and my sister."

"What?" the operator said, clearly alarmed.

She quickly regains control and gets his name, age, address and the location of the gun.

She also asks why he attacked his family.

"It's weird," he says. "I wasn't even angry with them. It just kind of happened. I've been kind of planning on killing for a while now."

"The two of them?" the operator asks. "Or just anybody?"

"Pretty much just anybody."

Emotion grows in Evans' voice as he describes the killings.

"This is really going to mess me up in the future," he says, "but you see, my sister, I told my sister that my mom needed her. She was in her room and she came out of her room and, uh, I, I shot her. And she rolled down the stairs and I shot her again. And then I went down and I shot my mom about maybe three or four times.

"I'll never forget this, but my, uh, sister, she came down the stairs and she was screaming and I was telling her that I'm sorry but that this, hold still, that, you know, I was just going to just make it go away, you know. But she just kept on freaking out.

"But finally she fell down and I shot her in the head probably three times."

Later, Evans says: "I just thought it would be quick, you know? I didn't want them to feel any pain. That's why I used a gun. But it's like everything went wrong."

The operator, who encourages the teen to take deep breaths, asks whether he wants to hurt himself.

"Um, I don't know," he says. "I'm a little freaked out about guns now. I definitely, you know, I assure you, I definitely don't like myself, you know? But I'm just so freaked out by guns now. Just to let you know, I hate the feeling of killing someone. I, you know, I'm going to be messed up."

The operator assures him that the deputies who are on the way want to help him and won't hurt him.

"I understand if you all want to, you know?" he says.

Later, Evans says he is worried about nightmares and asks whether medication could prevent them.

"I don't mean to sound like a wimp or anything," he says, "but this is -- wow. I've never done anything violent in my whole life, you know?"

Star-Telegram staff writers Bill Miller and Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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