At the Pinellas County Court today, the jury in the Patrick Evans double murder trial came back with their sentencing recommendation for Judge Luce. The Jury recommend that the former Jabil Circuit executive should receive the death penalty.
As reported in the St Pete Times and TBO.com, Evans had been convicted on Wednesday of the murder of his estranged wife Elizabeth, and her friend Jerry Taylor. Prosecutors argued that seriousness of the crime, and the manner in which it was committed warranted the ultimate penalty, death by lethal injection.
Defense Attorney David Parry argued that there were many reasons to spare the life of Richard Evans. The jury heard testimony from the defendant’s mother Marci and two brothers, who described him as an attentive member of the family and a father who loved his children. One brother mentioned how Patrick had helped him with health and addiction problems. Marci Evans begged the jury not to take her son’s life, telling them that they had a choice.
Assistant state attorney William Loughery argued that the death penalty was a justifiable sentence for the crimes.
In the end the jury decided that the death penalty was their recommendation for Judge Luce.