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An Oklahoma woman accused of murdering her pastor husband has struck a plea deal with prosecutors to plead guilty, according to reports.
Kristie Dawnell Evans, 48, pleaded guilty on Monday conspiring with her lover, Kahlil Deamie Square, to kill her husband, Pastor David Evans, on March 22, 2021, her lawyer said.
Evans “understands there has to be accountability for her actions, and she’s prepared to serve whatever sentence is handed down,” her legal counsel, Joi Miskel, said, NBC News reported. “But at the same time, she wants the court and the public to know the reasons behind her actions.”
Kristie Evans, who now faces possible life in prison without parole, had allegedly confessed her involvement in the love triangle killing to investigators just three days after the murder. Evans and Square were subsequently arrested by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation on March 25, 2021 in connection with David Evans’ killing.
“At least now has some control and say so in her life that she didn’t have before — as twisted as that may sound,” Miskel added.
According to an arrest affidavit previously obtained by Oxgyen.com, Kristie Evans said that she asked Square — with whom she had an ongoing sexual relationship — to kill her spouse. The three had been involved in an active sexual relationship together, and regularly met up at a local Super 8 motel, authorities said, as part of what Kristie Evans said was her husband's interest in a "swinger" lifestyle in which he coerced her participation.
Kristie Evans, however, had allegedly developed a separate affair with Square outside of the trio’s planned trysts and without her husband's knowledge.
In asking Square's assistance, Kristie Evans allegedly cited the chronic, ongoing verbal and emotional abuse she’d endured during the years of her marriage to the Oklahoma pastor, in addition to the pressure by him to participate in group sex. (NBC News reviewed private Facebook messages between the Evanses documenting some of Kristie Evans' allegations.)
Square and Kristie Evans allegedly came up with the assassination plot while David Evans was traveling abroad on a religious mission in Mexico.
On March 22, 2021, the 50-year-old pastor was shot to death in his bed as he slept at the couple’s home at 1420 Northcrest Drive in Ada, Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Kristie Evans, who dialed 911, initially told dispatchers an unknown intruder had entered their home and opened fire on David Evans.
Days later, as part of her alleged confession, she admitted to leaving the home’s back door open and providing Square with her spouse’s pistol and ammunition.
Square, who was arrested last year in Cleveland County, will still plead not guilty, according to his attorney, NBC News reported. A court date hasn’t yet been set for him, according to Texas television station KXII.
Kristie Evans previously told Square that her spouse had called her a “slut,” “fat” and “ugly,” charging documents stated. She also said, in documents reviewed by NBC News, that David Evans had held a gun to his own head a month before the murder, after she had threatened to file for divorce and was calling their daughter to discuss it.
David Evans was a pastor of Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Ada, Oklahoma.
Kristie Evan’s sentencing has now been set for Aug. 9 and 10, per the NBC News report.s
Tara Portillo, the assistant district attorney for the District 22 Prosecutor’s Office in Pontotoc County also wasn’t immediately available for comment regarding the open case this week.
Joi Miskel, Evan’s attorney, didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment when contacted by Oxygen.com on Tuesday.
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