Jake Evans, the Parker County teen charged with killing his mother and sister, initially planned to murder his whole family, according to a written confession made public by a district judge this week.
At a hearing on Wednesday, Evans’ attorney attempted to convince Parker County Judge Graham Quisenberry to lessen the capital murder charge against his client, as News 8 reported. The judge declined –– he also declined to seal a signed statement written after his arrest confessing to the murders. The document was entered into evidence during the hearing and released to the public on Thursday.
In the hand-written statement, dated Oct. 4, the same day of the crime, Evans writes that his initial plan included the murders of his grandparents and two other sisters. He expresses remorse, writing, “what happened last night will haunt me forever.”
Just after midnight on Oct. 4, Evans called 911 to report that he shot his mother and his sister to death in their home using a .22 he stole from his grandfather. He told 15-year-old Mallory Evans that their mother called for her. She was shot as she walked out of her second-floor room and tumbled down the stairs, he said. He then shot his mother three times in the study, Evans said.
He writes that he ran upstairs "screaming at the top of my lungs that I am really messed up and that I killed my mom and sister." He emptied the shells onto the bed. Then he heard his sister at the bottom of the stairs. He writes that he loaded the gun again and shot her once more.
Before the shooting, he described having a playful pillow fight with his sister, even as he hid a knife to stab her. Then he changed his mind.
"I thought to myself that if I were to kill my mom and Mallory, I wouldn't want them to feel anything," he wrote. "So I decided to kill them with the .22 revolver I stole from my grandpa."
In the confession statement, he elaborated on a comment he made to the 911 dispatcher after the shooting, in which he said his sister “had a really sweet side, but, you know, she’s kind of racist and, I don’t know, kind of rude to me sometimes.”
According to the document, Evans and his sister were in the waiting room of an allergist’s office the day before the shooting when she made a disparaging comment regarding black people. Evans told her to “look up the word lynching and to see if she had the same opinion about black people.”
Mallory then said she “would never be part of a lynching but is still a racist,” the confession says.
Evans wrote that he feels people –– “especially teenagers” –– have become increasingly cruel, finding joy in causing others pain.
“I was very sad because I felt like my own family were becoming the people I hate,” he writes.
The teen writes that he fantasized about killing his family. He said he watched Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake of “Halloween” three times leading up to the slayings, watching as a 12-year-old Michael Myers killed his family without remorse.
“I was thinking to myself, it would be the same for me when I kill someone,” the confession says.
But it wasn’t, as he later writes. Concluding the confession, Evans says, “I’m done with killing.”
“It’s the most dreadful and terrifying thing I will ever experience.”