The jury in the trial of Patrick Evans, 44, for the murder of his wife Elizabeth Evans, 44, and Jerry Taylor, 43, heard the 911 call recorded at the time of the double murder on December 20th 2008.
According to the St Pete Times, 911 dispatcher Leslie Perrico testified to the procedures that were followed during the call. On the initial call, the caller hung up, and as is normal practice in these situations, the Sheriff’s Office is informed and the number is immediately called back. When the return call was made, someone answered, but did not talk. Perrico stated that she stayed on the line, as there appeared to be some kind of domestic dispute in progress. She testified that she heard a man’s voice shout “get on the bed”, followed by a different voice saying “put the gun down”. According to the Daily Mail, this was followed by a woman’s voice saying “ are you out of your f—ing mind”.
Following this exchange, Perrico stated that she heard two loud crashing noises, which she later realized were gunshots. At the end of the recording, law enforcement officers can be heard arriving at the scene.
Defense attorney for Patrick Evans, David Parry had argued that the tape should not be played to the jury, but he was overruled by Judge Luce.
In a bizarre twist today, it was reported in the St Pete Times that the wrong tape of the 911 call had been played to jurors. The tape they heard had been edited. Judge Luce felt that the whole tape should have been heard and Leslie Perrico was called back to the court to listen to the complete tape. After listening to the tape, she stated that is was essentially the same as the version previously heard, except for “about five or six minutes of dead air”
Defense attorney David Parry asked for a mistrial stating that the edited tape changed how the jury would understand what happened as it inferred that law enforcement officers arrived much more quickly than they actually did.
Judge Luce has yet to make a ruling on this.