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A Florida man is accused of bragging about losing his virginity after killing his friend’s elderly mother.
Thomas Evans, 35, was arrested in Georgia and charged with second-degree murder for the killing of Frances Axley, 78, who was found dead inside her Naples home on New Year’s Day. This week, he was extradited from Georgia to Collier County, Florida to make a court appearance on Monday, which he missed. It's now been moved to March 25, according to WINK, a South Florida CBS station.
A newly released arrest complaint reveals disturbing details about the murder and Evans’ alleged behavior in its aftermath.
“Tell [redacted] that I am not a virgin anymore,” Evans allegedly told someone on the phone before his arrest, according to the arrest complaint cited by WINK. “I just killed [redacted] mom.”
That phone conversation prompted them to contact the Naples Police Department, who in turn did a welfare check at Axley’s home on New Year’s Day. She was found dead on the floor in front of a blue recliner, surrounded by blood, and covered in linens, according to the WINK report.
While at the home, the house phone rang and a credit card company left a message about the victim’s Visa card being used fraudulently. Investigators were able to track Evans down in part because of that card, according to the arrest report cited by WINK.
Evans is accused of using multiple cards that belonged to Axley after her death. It's not clear if charges related to those accusations will be filed, reports the Naples Daily News.
Evans met the victim through her son, who he worked with for about a month before the murder, reports the Naples Daily News.
As for a possible motive, the victim’s son told police of a bizarre one: he theorized that Evans might have wanted to kill his mom because he felt the son was trying to take over their friend group and become the “alpha male,” according to the affidavit cited by the Naples Daily News.
Axley worked as a guidance counselor at an elementary school.
It’s not clear if Evans has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
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