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Former Jabil executive again found guilty for 2008 double murders

Patrick Evans, the former Jabil executive charged with the deaths of his wife and her friend, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday night.

The 12-member jury convicted Evans on two counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, so the penalty phase of the case, where jurors will determine if Evans should be sentenced to life in prison or death row, begins Thursday afternoon.

Evans and his wife, Elizabeth, were married in 2005 and were together for three years until they separated in 2008.

On Dec. 20, 2008, she was playing golf with a co-worker, 43-year-old Gerald Taylor. They went back to her place to drink wine and listen to music, prosecutors said during the trial. Later that day, Evans showed up and confronted them inside her bedroom.

Someone dialed 911, but hung up. When a dispatcher called back, the call was picked up and recorded the seconds before Elizabeth Evans and Taylor died.

This was the second time a jury heard Evans' case. In 2011, another jury convicted him and he was sentenced to death. But in 2015, the Florida Supreme Court overturned his conviction.

In their opinion, justices questioned a Pinellas sheriff detective's testimony about the 911 call, ruling that he did not have "prior familiarity with Evans or special training in voice recognition." The justices also flagged a former prosecutor for comments he made about the defense's theory during Evans' first trial.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.


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