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Wife, accomplice arrested in Ada pastor’s murder

Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 11:39 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 6:35 PM CDT
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ADA, Okla. (KXII) - Two people, including the wife of the Ada pastor found shot dead in his home earlier this week, have been arrested in his murder.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Friday that Kristie Dawnell Evans, 47, was taken into custody after confessing her role in her husband’s murder at the Ada Police Department Thursday morning.

Kristie is the wife of Harmony Free Will Baptist Church Pastor David Charles Evans. The 50-year-old was found murdered in his home Monday morning.

Her suspected accomplice, Kahlil Deamie Square, 26, was arrested Thursday night. Law enforcement was able to locate him at a residence on South Harrah Road in Newalla in Cleveland County. Just after 11 p.m., Square was taken into custody without incident.

State agents began investigating Monday when the Ada Police Department requested OSBI assistance with a homicide. Just after 1 a.m., Kristie Evans placed a 9-1-1 call stating an intruder had entered her home on Northcrest Drive and shot her husband. When officers arrived at the residence, they found 50-year-old Pastor David Evans with a gunshot wound. He died at the scene. The Ada Police Department requested a full investigation by the OSBI.

“Based on evidence collected and interviews conducted, Kristie and Square were identified as suspects in David’s murder,” the OSBI said in a news release Friday.

According to OSBI special agent Justin Brown’s affidavit, Kristie and Square planned the pastors murder while David was on a mission trip in Mexico.

Kristie admitted that she and her husband were in a sexual relationship with Square.

“Additionally, Kristie and Square had a sexual relationship between just the two of them,” says OSBI captain Beth Green.

Court Documents say that Kristie says her husband was controlling and verbally abusive.

Square met the Evanses a few months ago at a motel. After several meetings, Kristie passed her phone number to Square without Evans’ knowledge.

The affidavit states Kristie gave Square her husband’s 9 mm pistol and ammunition used in the murder and left the back-door unlocked for him.

OSBI did not disclose whether or not they have located the murder weapon.

Neighbor Michael said he woke up early Monday morning to emergency lights shining through his window. “Seven police cars, two ambulances and a fire truck,” Michael explained, “I thought the neighbor’s house was on fire until I saw the crime scene tape. This is a quiet neighborhood. Nothing really happens.”

Both Kristie and Square are charged with first degree murder. Kristie is in the Pontotoc County Jail and Square is in the Cleveland County Jail.

If convicted they face up to life in prison, or even the death penalty.

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