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Pastor's Wife Confesses To Plotting His Murder Along With Their Lover After Months-Long Tryst, Authorities Say
Kristie Dawnell Evans and Kahlil Deamie Square were taken into custody on Thursday after she allegedly admitted to her role in the killing of her husband, Pastor David Evans.
A love triangle involving motel room trysts that an Oklahoma pastor engaged in with his wife and another man turned murderous last week when he was shot to death with his own gun as he slept, state authorities said.
Kristie Dawnell Evans, 47, was taken into custody on Thursday after allegedly confessing to her role in the killing of her husband, Pastor David Evans, 50, inside their home in the city of Ada, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced on Friday. The bureau said that 26-year-old Kahlil Deamie Square was subsequently arrested Thursday night in connection with the pastor’s killing.
According to an affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com, Kristie Evans asked Square, her lover, to kill her husband, telling him that she'd been subjected to ongoing verbal abuse from her spouse. The two allegedly plotted the pastor’s murder while he was abroad on a religious mission.
David Evans was shot in his bed while he slept, OSBI public information officer Brooke Arbeitman told Oxygen.com on Tuesday.
On March 22, officers from the Ada Police Department arrived at the Evans’ home at 1420 Northcrest Drive around 1 a.m. after a 911 call was placed by Kristie Evans; she’d initially told authorities that an intruder had entered her home and shot her husband. Inside, David Evans, a pastor of Harmony Freewill Baptist Church, was found dead from a gunshot wound. Ada police at that point brought in the OSBI to investigate, the bureau said.
Evidence collected at the scene and interviews conducted by investigators quickly led the victim’s wife and Square to become key suspects, OSBI said in their news release. According to the affidavit, parts of which are based on Kristie Evans’ eventual confession, the three had been having an affair that took place at a local Super 8 motel.
“It had been going on for months,” Arbeitman said.
However, Kristie Evans and Square also had a separate sexual relationship, apparently without her husband’s knowledge, authorities said.
According to court documents, Kristie Evans surreptitiously gave Square her phone number by dropping a note on the motel room floor, and the two began communicating daily. Earlier this month, the two stayed at her home while the pastor was on a mission trip in Mexico, according to the affidavit; this is when they came up with their plan to murder her husband, the document states.
A neighbor told authorities that a white Ford Mustang was parked at the Evans’ house during some of the days when the pastor was away, according to the affidavit. The vehicle belonged to Square, Kirstie Evans later told investigators.
On the night of March 22, Kristie Evans left the back door to their home opened, according to the affidavit, and after Square entered, she gave him her husband’s Magnum Research 9 mm and some bullets, then waited in the living room until she heard a “pop” sound. After Square ran out of the house she entered the bedroom to find her husband shot and making a “gurgling” sound, she said. She then called 911, the affidavit states.
After being interviewed multiple times since the night of her husband’s death, Kristie Evans went to the Ada Police Department on March 24 and allegedly confessed. As noted in the affidavit, she told investigators that her husband was verbally abusive towards her, calling her names like “slut,” “fat” and “ugly.” She told this to Square, who she said replied, “damn,” at the time.
However, Kristie Evans painted a different picture of her marriage online. In the days leading up to her husband’s killing, she posted on Facebook several times about the love she had for him, telling her friends and followers that he’d left her a series of religious-themed necklaces and personalized cards — one for each day he was away in Mexico.
“That’s 5 personalized necklaces ladies,” she wrote. “They had my name, initial, verse, charms, and everything in between, truly beautiful. So, every day, I opened a card and was reminded of how blessed, loved and lucky I am!!! I love you so much, David!!!!”
Kirstie Evans is being held at the Pontotoc County Detention Center. On Thursday, Square was found in nearby Newalla, Oklahoma. He was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center. Both are facing first-degree murder charges and have been denied bonds.
The two both have court dates scheduled for April, Alberman said. There are no records of attorneys who are able to speak on behalf of either suspect.
Harmony Free Will Baptist Church released a statement about Pastor Evans’ death expressing surprise and asking for privacy.
We are aware that even pastors can succumb to human frailty and we ask that our privacy be respected at this time as we as a church family grieve and process all of these events," the church said.