JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Timothy Evans was sentenced to death in 2013 for the capital murder of 70-year-old Wenda Lafern Holling. Wednesday, the Mississippi Supreme Court will consider a request from Evans to overturn his death sentence.
Evans admitted to investigators he strangled Holling to death on the afternoon of Jan. 2, 2010. The next day, he loaded her body into the trunk of her car and drove to a wooded area in Harrison County. Evans said he dumped Holling's body in the woods and then went to the store to buy beer and cigarettes.
Attorneys representing Evans argued he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he killed Holling. Investigators said Evans had been renting a room in Holling's home in the Kiln at the time of her death.
During his trial, investigators played a confession tape Evans recorded shortly after his arrest. In the tape, Evans detailed how he sat on Holling's chest and strangled her to death.