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Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor David Evans Murdered by His Wife and Her Lover

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David Evans, pastor of Harmony Freewill Baptist Church in Ada, Oklahoma, was allegedly murdered by his wife, Kristie, and her lover (and threesome partner), Kahlil Square.

The Daily Beast reports:

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation on Friday said Kristie Dawnell Evans, 47, had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder after confessing her role in her husband’s murder. Her lover, Kahlil Deamie Square, 26, was also arrested on Thursday on the same charge.

Authorities say that Kristie Evans asked Square to kill her husband in a sinister plot the two hatched while the pastor was away in Mexico. According to an affidavit, obtained by The Daily Beast, the mother-of-three later told police her husband “was verbally abusive and controlling of her” and “called her names like ‘slut, fat, ugly, and whore.’”

“Kristie gave David’s gun and a box of bullets to Kahlil,” the affidavit says, based on interviews Evans had with investigators. “Kristie and Kahlil agreed upon an approximate time Kahlil would come to the Evans’ residence to kill David. Kristie left the backdoor unlocked so Kahlil could make entry to the resident.”

In a bizarre twist, the pastor’s wife told investigators that she and Square “had a sexual relationship that also included David at one point as well.”

“Kristie and David first met Kahlil months ago at a Super 8 Motel,” the affidavit states. The trio had sex at the Super 8 Motel on more than one occasion. One time, “Kristie secretly dropped her phone number on the floor for Kahlil. Kristine continued to communicate by phone daily with Kahlil without David’s knowledge,” the affidavit continues.

Evans admitted that Square stayed over for three nights while her husband was in Mexico, too. She told Square that her husband was verbally abusive, that he mistreated her, and that “it would be nice to have more freedom.” “Kahlil simply responded with, ‘damn,’” the affidavit says.

Then, at around 1 a.m. on March 22, Evans called 911 to report that “someone had shot her husband” inside their home in Ada, about an hour outside of Oklahoma City. When officers arrived, David Evans was “lying in bed, bleeding from the nose and mouth” with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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    Wow–though not surprising at all. Shades of the Becky and Jerry Falwell Jr. story–with murder, of course. I am looking forward to the day when people look at all religious structures with the complete skepticism deserved rather than as respected and undeservedly elevated “moral” institutions. As a pastor’s daughter I knew the abject dysfunction firsthand, both in my parents’ odd and conflicted marriage* and in the self-absorbed evangelists and local characters who wielded power in the small Pentecostal churches dad pastored.

    (Interesting that the above church’s website is still up, including photo of the pastor on one of the headers. Hmmmmm.)

    *69th anniversary of my pastor parents today. Both now cognitively and physically challenged, we have separated them for reasons related to physically and emotionally abusive behavior (hers) for their safety and serenity. Of course the church people who still notice they are alive stridently disagree with me, but this is my reasoned and logical call. (This is not the marriage story they want; “…it’s till death do us part!!!” Oh yes–If you only knew…)

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    sorry you are going thru this with your parents. as a former pastors kid, i can identify with what you wrote. right down to the pentecostal. it really is its own brand of crazy. thanks for sharing.

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    Yulya Sevelova

    I read this story the other day, on, if I recall it right. I was on Patheos when I spotted the article. I was thinking, why didn’t the wife just move out and get her own place and divorce the guy, if he was as abusive verbally and controlling ?? She couldn’t call a domestic violence hotline ? The whole thing sounds so stupid.

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