Crime

Plea hearing set for Parker County youth accused of killing mother, sister

Jacob Ryan Evans, 17, accused of killing his mother and sister at their Parker County home in October 2012, appears before State District Judge Graham Quisenberry on a hearing for a writ of habeas corpus in January 2013.
Jacob Ryan Evans, 17, accused of killing his mother and sister at their Parker County home in October 2012, appears before State District Judge Graham Quisenberry on a hearing for a writ of habeas corpus in January 2013. Star-Telegram

A plea hearing is scheduled for Thursday for a teenager accused of killing his mother and 15-year-old sister inside their Parker County home in 2012.

Jacob Ryan “Jake” Evans was 17 when he called 911 and told a dispatcher, “Uh, I just killed my mom and my sister.”

“I felt like they were just suffocating me, in a way,” he told the dispatcher, according to a recording of the 911 call. “Obviously, you know, I’m pretty, I guess, evil.”

Evans, a former student at Aledo High School who turns 20 next month, was sent to a state mental hospital after state District Judge Graham Quisenberry ruled him incompetent to stand trial in October.

A competency evaluation was filed in the case Monday, Parker County court records show. A plea hearing was then set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said he is not “ethically permitted to comment at this point.”

Mac Smith, Evans’ defense attorney, did not return messages from a Star-Telegram reporter seeking comment.

Parker County deputies responding to Evans’ 911 call on Oct. 4, 2012, found the teen’s mother, 48-year-old Jami Evans, and sister, Mallory, dead inside the family’s home in the 150 block of River Creek Lane in Annetta South. Both had been shot multiple times.

Sheriff’s officials have said Evans stole the gun from his grandfather, a retired Fort Worth officer.

In a written statement, Evans told investigators that he had devised a plan to kill several family members after watching a horror movie about a boy who murders relatives without remorse and thinking, “It would be the same for me when I kill someone.”

He recounted that day’s events and how he carried out the shootings before ending 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.”

Larry Moore, who had served as Evans’ defense attorney before going to work with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office in January, previously filed a motion indicating that he intended to introduce evidence that Evans was insane at the time of the slayings, had the case gone to trial.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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