Evans guilty in capital murder trial. Penalty phase complete, jury will decide life or death on Friday.
By Dwayne Bremer and Cassandra Favre
Aug 22, 2013, 09:58
Timothy Evans, right, sits in silence shortly after he was found guilty of capital murder on Thursday
Thursday 5:45 p.m.
The penalty phase of the Timothy Evans capital murder trial wrapped up Thursday afternoon, with two psychologist testifying on behalf of Evans.
Both doctors testified that Evans suffered from substance abuse and emotional issues. The jury has retired for the evening and closing arguments in the penalty phase are expected to begin at 9 a.m. Friday.
After the closing arguments, the jury will decide whether to sentence Evans to life in prison or death.
Thursday 12 p.m.
It took the jury a little more than two hours Thursday to return a guilty verdict on a charge of capital murder on Timothy Evans.
The jury began deliberating about 9:35 a.m. Thursday.
About 11:30, Judge Lisa Dodson was given a note from the jury saying one or more members of the jury were having difficulty following instructions from the court.
While Dodson was discussing the note with the prosecution and defense attorneys, the jury apparently agreed upon its verdict.
Defense attorney Phil Wittmann asked Dodson to declare a mistrial, but District Attorney Joel Smith objected saying since the jury reached their verdict, they must have worked out the issues among themselves.
The jury was called back into the room and the guilty verdict was read.
Evans stood silently and showed no emotion while the verdict was being read.
Once the verdict was read, Dodson asked the jury foreman what the meaning of the first note was.
The foreman said that the note did not mean the jury violated any of the court's instructions regarding obtaining outside information about the case and that it was merely a disagreement about jury instructions given prior to deliberations.
The second portion of the trial, the penalty phase, is expected to begin at 3 p.m.
The jury will now decide whether to sentence Evans to life in prison or the death penalty.
Thursday 10 a.m.
Closing arguments were heard this morning in the Timothy Evans capital murder trial.
"Show him the same sympathy and mercy he showed Wenda Holling," District Attorney Joel Smith said to the jury.
The jury is now deliberating.
The Sea Coast Echo will update when the jury has reached a verdict.