Man guilty of killing estranged wife, boyfriend

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area man has been convicted of fatally shooting his estranged wife and her boyfriend.

A Pinellas County jury found 44-year-old Patrick Evan guilty Wednesday of two counts of first-degree murder. The jurors will return Thursday to consider whether to recommend death or life in prison. A judge will make the final decision.

Authorities say Elizabeth Evans and her boyfriend, Jerry Taylor, were found naked and shot in the neck in the bedroom of her Gulfport home in December 2008.

A key piece of evidence in the case was a 911 recording in which prosecutors say Patrick Evans can be heard speaking before firing two shots. Evans denied it was his voice on the recording.

Juror’s also rejected an alibi for Evans provided by his brother.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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