WEATHERFORD (January 23, 2013)—Jacob Ryan Evans, 17, who’s charged in the deaths of his mother and younger sister, appeared in in court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing during which a judge refused to drop the capital murder charge against him.
The judge set bond Wednesday at $750,000 for the teenager, who is accused of killing the two and then calling 911, telling the operator that he was “evil.”
Evans has been jailed since his arrest in October at his family’s upscale home in Aledo west of Fort Worth.
He’s charged with capital murder, but it’s unclear what sentence he would face if convicted.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling doesn't allow anyone younger than 18 who's charged with capital murder to face either the death penalty or life without parole.
Those are the only two punishment options for a capital murder conviction in Texas.
Defense attorneys raised that issue during the hearing Wednesday.
Prosecutors said that a proposed state law would create a life sentence for capital murder convicts younger than 18.