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Evans pleads guilty pair of 2011 murders

Posted: November 12, 2013 4:34 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2013 5:00 a.m.

 

A Lancaster County man arrested more than two and a half years ago for allegedly murdering his estranged wife and his male roommate in Kershaw County pleaded guilty to those charges on Oct. 31.

Brian Franklin Evans, 49, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder before Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea G. Benjamin who sentenced him to 30 years in prison, according to a press release issued late Friday afternoon by the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Evans pleaded guilty to killing his wife, Elizabeth Marie Evans, 60, in Lancaster County and dumping her body in Kershaw County. He also pleaded guilty to killing Jerry Wayne Geiger, 59, at his McBee Highway home in the Mt. Pisgah area.

At the time of Evans’ arrest on Feb. 3, 2011, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said that the investigation into the murders began with the discovery of Geiger’s body at his home. Matthews said Geiger’s family -- after not being able to reach him for several days -- contacted the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO). Deputies went to the Mt. Pisgah area home and found his body in a bedroom. Matthews reported at the time that Geiger had been beaten and shot multiple times, and that he had likely been dead for several days.

Investigators also realized that Geiger’s black Chevrolet pickup was missing. The KCSO issued a “be on the lookout,” or BOLO, alert along with a sketch of a man who had been seen at the home by Geiger’s family.

Florence County Sheriff’s Department deputies located and stopped the truck in Florence, and took Evans into custody.

Based on additional information, the KCSO located Elizabeth Evans’ body in a wooded area along Flat Rock Road. Matthews said she had been missing for several weeks. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled to death.

According to Friday’s press release, when Florence deputies caught Evans, he was apparently on his way back from the Myrtle Beach area “where he had gone to party.” The solicitor’s office said Evans admitted to a KCSO deputy who transported him back to Kershaw County that he had killed his wife and Geiger.

Solicitors said drugs and alcohol were “apparently problems” for Evans and played a part in each murder. They said Evans suffocated his wife sometime between Dec. 16, 2010, and Feb. 2, 2011, and dumped her body off Flat Rock Road after attending a party in Lancaster County.

The solicitor’s office referred to Geiger as Evans’ roommate. According to the press release, the two men were apparently arguing about money Evans owed Geiger for rent and drugs when Evans beat Geiger with a stick of firewood and then shot him several times.

Evans, who will be 50 in May, is now serving two concurrent 30-year sentences for the murders. He

“At his age, this will amount to a life sentence,” Solicitor Dan Johnson said in the press release.

At the time of Evans’ arrest in 2011, Matthews said Evans had an extensive record, including housebreaking and escape, and was wanted on warrants from the Lexington, West Columbia and York areas. He also had a history of drug abuse, especially crack cocaine, Matthews said.

At one point, Matthews asked to have -- and Johnson considered -- the death penalty applied to Evans’ case.

 

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