Bail set at $750,000 for Parker County teen accused of killing his mom, sister

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WEATHERFORD -- A judge rejected arguments Wednesday that a capital murder charge should be dropped against Aledo teen Jake Ryan Evans, who is accused of shooting and killing his mother and 15-year-old sister.

Evans' attorney argued that the capital murder charge should be dropped because punishment guidelines that would apply to the teen have been ruled unconstitutional.

While denying that motion, state District Judge Graham Quisenberry did accept the defense's request that bond be set in the case and ordered the teen held in lieu of $750,000.

Evans' father testified during the hearing Wednesday that although he provided his son money in jail and bought books for him, he would not put up his own assets to bond Evans out of jail.

Evans, 17, was indicted by a Parker County grand jury last month on one count of capital murder and two counts of murder.

He is accused of fatally shooting his sister, Mallory, and his 48-year-old mother, Jami, inside the family's Parker County home, then calling 911 to report what he had done.

"Uh, I just killed my mom and my sister," he told a 911 dispatcher.

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

Evans, a former student at Aledo High School, had been held without bond since the Oct. 4 shooting. Wednesday's hearing was on a motion filed by Evans' attorney, Larry Moore.

Moore argued that the capital murder charge against Evans should be dropped because of rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court that life without parole for defendants under age 18 is unconstitutional. Moore said he would appeal the decision.

The Supreme Court had already banned death sentences for defendants 17 and younger.

Prosecutors argued that the defense's motion was premature because Evans has not gone to trial or been convicted of anything.

They also pointed out to the judge that a pending state Senate bill would likely fix the sentencing issue prior to the case going to trial. Under the bill, 17-year-old teens convicted of capital murder would be sentenced to life with parole eligibility.

This story contains information from Star-Telegram archives.


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