Man Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Killing Pastor, Conniving With His Wife

A 27-year-old Oklahoma man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting Pastor David Evans of Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Ada at the request of the pastor’s wife, who was sentenced to life in prison this summer.

Square was sentenced this week, nearly two months after he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2021 shooting death of Pastor Evans in Ada as he slept.

During the sentencing, Square said he wanted Evans’ family to know he was sorry for his actions, according to The Associated Press.

“If you can’t forgive me today, I hope someday you will,” he said. 

Defense attorney Tony Coleman had requested a 25-year sentence, telling the court Square was under the “sinister and manipulative” influence of Kristie Evans. Evans was sentenced to life in prison in August with the possibility of parole for her role in the March 22, 2021, murder of her husband.

Assistant District Attorney Tara Portillo agreed that Kristie Evans was the catalyst for the murder but said Square was responsible for his own actions.

“Ultimately, he still walked into the home of a man who had done him no wrong while that man was sleeping and put a bullet in his head,” Portillo was quoted as saying.

Investigators say Kristie Evans left the door to their home unlocked on the night of the murder so he could enter as they were sleeping. She also provided Square with bullets and a gun, according to court documents. 

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