The court proceedings in the Pinellas County Cout against Patrick Evans lasted for more than six days, but the jury reached their verdict in less than 90 minutes.
The jurors were not swayed by the defense that there was a reasonable doubt as to who had committed these murders. On the 911 tape, the jury heard one of the victims, David Parry call out “Rick”. They did not believe that it was possible that David Parry had done so because he had been drinking. In the end the jurors knew that there was no reasonable doubt; in fact they could not have had any doubt.
There were a number of the family members of the victims present in the court to hear the verdict. TBO.com reports that some of them were sobbing when the verdicts were announced.
It is reported in the St Pete Times that the same jury will now have to deal with the penalty phase of the proceedings. They can recommend life in prison, without the possibility of parole, or they abide by the wishes of the prosecutors and recommend the death penalty. These recommendations will be given to Judge Luce, who will decide on the sentence which will be imposed.