According to to a story by My San Antonio, states that Jacob Ryan Evans will indeed be charged with capital murder. Evans’ lawyers had previously asked that the capital murder charge be dropped to a lesser charge for the October murder of his mother and sister.
The two choices for sentencing the defendant are either execution or life in prison without the option of parole. Under a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling, courts are barred from implementing the mandatory life without parole sentence. There was also a previous ruling that bars juvenile offenders convicted of capital murder from being executed. Prosecutors on the case also mentioned that there is a pending state legislation that would allow juvenile offenders to be sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. The judge subsequently agreed with the prosecution and denied the motion to drop the capital murder charge. The judge also set the defendant’s bond to $700,000.00.
Evans has been incarcerated since October after he called 911 and told the operator very calmly that he had just shot his mom and sister several times. He can also be heard on the recording stating that he was not really mad and that it just happened. He also stated on the record that he had been planning on killing them for quite a while. He also told the 911 operator that his mother and that his 15 year old sister were rude. Although, he had also disclosed that his sister did have a sweet side. Evans’ father and other siblings were not present in the home at the time.
Capital murder is the highest offense that you can be charged with in the state of Texas. If you find yourself or a loved one facing serious charges such as this, call an aggressive and experienced San Antonio criminal defense lawyer immediately.