Parker County teen indicted in shootings of mom, sister

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Jacob Evans, 17, was indicted by a Parker County grand jury Friday on one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in the Oct. 4 shootings of his mother and 15-year-old sister.

If convicted of capital murder, Evans will not face the death penalty because he was under 18 at the time of the offense, said Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain. If convicted of the murder charges, Evans faces punishment of 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Evans was arrested after he called 911 to report that he had just shot his mother, Jami Evans, 48, and sister Mallory. When officers arrived, he was waiting for them outside his home.

The grand jury charged Evans with capital murder because the two deaths were caused "during the same criminal transaction," according to the indictment. The two murder counts were added to give jurors options, Swain said.

The case has been in 415th state District Judge Graham Quisenberry's court since it began shortly after the former Aledo High School student called 911.

"Uh, I just killed my mom and my sister," he told the operator.

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

Quisenberry is expected to arraign Evans in January, Swain said. The judge appointed Weatherford attorney Mac Smith in late October as Evans' counselor until a permanent attorney is selected.

Jami Evans was found in an office near the back of the her home in the 150 block of River Creek Lane in Annetta South. She had been shot several times.

Mallory Evans was shot once on a stairway and several times near the home's entrance, said Sheriff Larry Fowler.

When deputies arrived, they found Jacob Evans standing outside the front door with his hands in the air. He told deputies that he used a .22-caliber revolver that he had taken from his grandfather, without the grandfather's knowledge, Fowler said.

Others in Jacob Evans' family -- his father and two older sisters -- were away when the shootings happened.

Fowler said evidence showed that Evans had planned the killing for two weeks. But investigators are struggling to determine a motive. Fowler said there was no record of disturbances at the home prior to the shootings. Jake and Mallory were home-schooled at the time of the shooting.

"It's weird," Evans told the 911 operator. "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 asked. "Or just anybody?

"Pretty much just anybody."

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Terry Evans, 817-390-7620

Twitter: @fwstevans

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