'What happened last night will haunt me forever'

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Aledo teen Jake Evans told investigators he devised a plan to kill several members of his family after watching a horror movie about a boy who murders relatives with ease and without remorse, and thinking, "it would be the same for me when I kill someone."

"My plan was to kill my sister and my mom at my house and then go over to my grandparents and kill my oldest sister Emily and my two grandparents," wrote Evans, 17, who remains in the Parker County Jail on accusations that he fatally shot his mother, Jami, and 15-year-old sister, Mallory, inside the family's Parker County home in October.

"Then I was going to wait until morning and kill my other sister, Audrey, because she was visiting from college," Evans wrote in the statement, which was obtained Thursday by the Star-Telegram.

Evans gave little explanation for why he wanted to kill his family, other than pointing out that that he had argued with his little sister that day for what he deemed a racist comment she had made. He wrote that he was upset about her attitude toward blacks and homeless people.

"When I look at people, especially teenagers, I see them as being very cruel to one another emotionally," he wrote. "It seems that their favorite hobby is picking on someone else. The people who are racists, bullies, and who are full of themselves are the really evil ones. And it amazes me because those three qualities are extremely common today.

"I was very sad because I felt like my own family were [sic] becoming the people I hate."

The statement was introduced into evidence by prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing in Weatherford on Wednesday in which State District Judge Graham Quisenberry set Evans' bond at $750,000.

Larry Moore, Evans' defense attorney, had requested during the hearing that the judge seal the statement, saying it had not been established that the statement was his client's.

Quisenberry said he would take Moore's request under advisement but, on Thursday, opted not to seal the statement and placed it into the court's case file, which is public record.

Went outside to hit golf balls

On the day of the shootings, Evans said he had returned home from the allergist and began watching Rob Zombie's remake of the movie Halloween for the third time.

"While watching it I was amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had afterwards," Evans wrote. "I was thinking to myself, it would be the same for me when I kill someone."

Evans said he later threw away the movie so that people wouldn't think it influenced him in any way.

"After that I went outside to hit golf balls in the yard for about an hour," Evans wrote. "I went inside around 5:30 p.m. and just sat in the living room thinking about how I was going to kill my family."

After making his plans, Evans described for investigators how he went about doing a series of mundane tasks. At her request, he accompanied his grandmother to the cleaners and then got dinner with her and stopped at the post office. After being dropped off back at home, Evans ate dinner in the pool house and watched the Family Guy television show before going back into the house where he saw his mom and sister watching the debates.

After going outside to hit a few more golf balls, Evans wrote that he went upstairs to watch some more Family Guy when Mallory asked if he wanted to watch a movie.

"I said no because earlier that day at the allergist appointment she made racist comments about a black worker that was mowing the grass," Evans wrote. "She said, 'Ha, that black guy looks like a monkey.'"

Pointing out that his sister had previously made racist comments like that and also made fun of homeless people, Evans said he scolded her and told her that she was becoming white trash.

Later, in the car, he told her to look up the word 'lynching' to see if she still had the same opinion about black people.

"She then said that she would never be a part of a lynching but is still a racist," Evans wrote. "I then said that she makes me sick and called her a racist bitch."

After rejecting her offer to watch a movie, Evans said he went downstairs and retrieved his dad's knife. He returned upstairs and began pacing, imagining killing his little sister, he wrote.

Starting having a pillow fight

"Thoughts of causing her pain kept entering my mind and were really bothering me," he wrote. "But then I'd think about the times she hurt my feelings or really pissed me off."

Evans said he later went to his sister's bedroom door and asked her to watch The Waterboy with him. But he later excused himself and went into the art room. There, he imagined killing Mallory again, he told investigators.

After about 30 minutes, he returned to his place on the sofa, the knife in his pocket.

"I sat for about 5 minutes and then playfully threw a pillow at Mallory," Evans described. "We started having a pillow fight in the room.

"After a while I thought to myself that if I were going to kill my mom and Mallory, I wouldn't want them to feel anything. So I decided to kill them both with the .22 revolver I stole from my Grandpa."

Evans said he then went downstairs, retrieved the gun from his closet, and sat it on his bed, nervously opening the cylinder over and over again.

"I then spent probably over an hour walking nervously around the house thinking how life will never be the same and how I would never see them again," he wrote.

'I'm done with killing'

About 11:15 p.m., he went upstairs with the pistol, knocked on his sister's door, and told her that mom needed her.

"She came out and out of the corner of her eye saw me pointing the gun at her," Evans wrote. "She thought I was joking and told me that I was freaking her out. I shot her in the back and then the head."

Evans said he then ran downstairs to the study, where he shot his mother three times.

"In shock, I ran to my room and was screaming at the top of my lungs that I am really messed up and that I killed my mom and sister," Evans wrote.

Evans said he was emptying the shells on his bed when he heard noises and realized that Mallory was still alive.

"While I loaded the gun back up I was shouting that I was sorry and then ran as fast as I could to kill her," Evans stated. "I then made sure my mom was dead and shot her again in the head."

Evans said he then went outside for a few minutes before returning inside.

"Very shocked and scared, I placed the gun on the kitchen counter and walked into the living room to dial 911," he wrote.

Evans ended his statement:

"I know now though that I'm done with killing. It's the most dreadful and terrifying thing I will ever experience. And what happened last night will haunt me forever."

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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