Jury Returns Guilty Verdict Against Shooter of Jonesboro Lawyer

APRIL 6, 2006 - Posted at 1:03 p.m. CST, posted at 2:12 p.m.

JONESBORO, AR - A Craighead County Circuit Court jury has returned with a guilty verdict against a Hardy man accused in the December 2004 shooting of Jonesboro attorney Bill Webster.

After deliberating for just under an hour, jurors returned with a guilty verdict late this morning on the charge of Criminal Intent to Commit Capital Murder with a Firearm against 51-year-old Allen Evans.  Judge Victor Hill upheld the jury's recommended sentence of a total of 45 years in the state Department of Corrections, plus a $15,000 fine.

On December 27, 2004, Evans shot and seriously wounded Webster, a former longtime municipal judge in Jonesboro, outside his Franklin Street law office.

K8 News will have more information on the conclusion of today's trial tonight at six.

(K8 Reporter Brandi Hodges contributed to this report.)