Son of Former Jonesboro Alderman Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charge

JANUARY 23, 2007 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An 18-year-old Little Rock man accused of fatally shooting a bank teller during a robbery two days before Christmas has entered not guilty pleas to charges of capital murder, aggravated robbery and theft.  Grover Evans, Jr. made his first court appearance yesterday before District Judge Herb Wright.

Evans is the adopted son of former Jonesboro alderman Grover Evans, Sr.

The younger Evans was arrested January 3 at Los Angeles.  He is charged in the December 23 robbery and killing of 25-year-old James R. Garison at a Metropolitan National Bank branch in west Little Rock.  Authorities say Evans entered the bank, shot Garrison in the back as Garrison was working at a drive-through window, demanded money from another teller, and said "Merry Christmas" before leaving.

Evans was returned to Little Rock over the weekend and is being held in the Pulaski County jail without bond.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)