In winter 1972, a young Sam Evans got away with murder when he shot Central District resident Jackson Schley. Jackson’s wife Daisy Schley was found disoriented and bleeding in a wooded area a few miles from their 20th Ave home. She had been raped. Her husband was dead. The man detectives determined pulled the trigger was finally connected to the crime in spring 2010 thanks to DNA evidence. This week, 39 years after the killing, Evans pleaded guilty to reduced manslaughter charges in the Schley case and another murder the DNA evidence linked him to. He is now 72 years old. Prosecutors expect his sentence to put him behind bars for the rest of his life.
Here’s the bulletin on the case sent out by the King County Prosecutor’s office:
Samuel P. Evans, 72, pleaded guilty this afternoon in two cold case killings. Evans pleaded guilty to two counts of Manslaughter (10-1-06887-9) for both the stabbing death of James Keuler in 1968 and the 1972 shooting death of Jackson Schley in Seattle. Prosecutors will recommend 15 years in prison when Evans is sentenced on June 10 at 1 p.m. before Judge Mary Yu at the King County Courthouse, courtroom W-928. The charges were reduced to manslaughter from murder due to evidentiary issues related to the age of the cases as well as the defendant’s age and failing health. A 15-year sentence will keep Evans in prison for the rest of his life.”