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Phil in Paris
01-12-2005, 06:17 PM
Posted on Tue, Jan. 11, 2005

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. - The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday refused to rehear arguments from Paul Evans Jr., who was convicted of two counts of murder and given two life sentences in 2001 for the shooting deaths of two teenage girls in rural Jones County.

The bodies of Amanda Welborn, 19, of Laurel, and Kelsey Bullock, 18, of Stringer, were left by the side of a rural road in Jones County on Feb. 26, 2000. Authorities said each was shot in the back of the head.

The Court of Appeals upheld Evans' convictions last August. Evans can now ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to hear his appeal.

Evans and Nathan Townsend, both of Laurel, were charged in the slayings. The court record did not say happened in the case against Townsend.

Townsend testified against Evans in the latter's trial and said Evans shot the two girls, with whom he and Townsend had been riding in a car.

On appeal, Evans claimed that his statements should not have been used at his trial because he was taken into custody, handcuffed, and interrogated at a time when the probable cause did not exist for his arrest.

A lawman testified the names of Townsend and Evans were given to him by an unnamed informant, who had provided reliable information on other occasions. He said he went to Evans' home and asked him to come to the police station for questioning. Evans was placed in handcuffs and taken downtown where he was given Miranda warning prior to any questioning, the officer said.

The Appeals Court said Evans' arrest was legal because the law officer had probable cause to believe that a felony had been committed and probable cause to believe the suspect committed the crime.

In another case, the Appeals Court refused to reconsider its ruling last November that the Columbus Country Club was not liable for the July 15, 2000, death of Diana Kindred when a giant oak tree fell across her car. The court upheld a decision by a Lowndes County court in 2002 for the country club.

Jim and Diana Kindred had been married only eight hours when the incident occurred. Jim Kindred, who now lives in Corinth, sued the country club on Nov. 15, 2000, for unspecified damages. The roadside oak tree was on the club's property.

According to the lawsuit, Kindred and his 28-year-old wife were driving on a road near the entrance to the club following a heavy storm. The tree fell across the highway onto the vehicle, striking his wife, who was a passenger. She died the next day at a Memphis, Tenn., hospital.

Family members said the couple had stopped in Columbus to pick up wedding gifts and were headed to New Orleans for their honeymoon when the accident occurred.

Kindred claimed the country club had a duty to use reasonable care to prevent its property from becoming a source of danger to motorists.