Maurice Evans Jr Wiki – Maurice Evans Jr Biography
Maurice T. Evans Jr. appeared in juvenile court Thursday morning for a hearing on whether he would remain in custody while his case is pending. Forsyth District Judge Ted Kazakos confirmed with Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill and Evans attorney J.D. Byers, that Evans was charged with murder.
A grand jury issued an indictment on Monday, but the documentation, including the indictment, will remain sealed for 10 days. Last week, Byers waived a probable cause hearing, meaning he essentially agreed that prosecutors had enough evidence to move the case to adult court.
Maurice Evans Jr indicted in fatal Mount Tabor High School shooting
The 15-year-old boy accused of gunning down a Mount Tabor High School student nearly a month ago has been charged with murder and his case will be transferred to adult court.
Evans is charged with fatally shooting 15-year-old William Chavis Renard Miller Jr. outside a classroom at Mount Tabor High School shortly after noon on Sept. 1. The shooting caused a lockdown at Mount Tabor and other schools in the area. while parents anxiously waited to find out if their children were okay and pick them up elsewhere. Evans was taken into custody at 6 p.m., with the help of the United States Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force Carolinas.
The shooting made national news, and the next day, Governor Roy Cooper spoke at a press conference at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Since that shooting, there have been several incidents in which a weapon has been seized at a local school. The most recent was Wednesday, when a Winston-Salem police officer seized a firearm from a Paisley IB Magnet School student. It was the fifth weapon seized from a Winston-Salem school.
Parkland High School also had to be blocked twice a week: once for a series of fights that broke out at the school and then a second time, when someone shot the school. No one was seriously injured in any of the incidents.
Byers asked Kazakos to release Evans, who was wearing a light gray sweatshirt and dark gray sweatpants, into the custody of his parents wearing an ankle monitor. Kazakos said the juvenile justice system has ankle monitors, but things have changed now that Evans’ case is now in adult court. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office no longer provides ankle monitors for defendants who are in adult court, he said.
O’Neill asked that Evans remain in custody without bail being allowed. Last week, Assistant District Attorney J. Patrick Ellington argued that Evans remains in custody and said the security video of the shooting was “chilling.”
O’Neill has said the shooting was the culmination of a summer feud between Evans and Miller. He has not said what the dispute was about. He also said Evans was shot in the early summer but did not say how seriously if anyone was arrested or details on what led to that shooting.
He also said Evans would be safer in custody because there have been altercations between his friends and Miller’s friends. O’Neill has said that some of those altercations have resulted in shootings but has not provided any details. Kazakos ruled that Evans will remain in custody in a juvenile detention center without the right to bail. Byers said he will file a motion for a bond hearing and asked that it be held as soon as possible. Outside of court, he said a bond hearing could be held next week.