KEARNS — Murder charges have been filed against a man who police say shot a Kearns resident he suspected of having a secret relationship with his girlfriend.
Douglas D. Evans, 31, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with murder and aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies, and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.
Evans allegedly believed his girlfriend and Theodore B. Kelbach, 49, were having a relationship. Evans was a regular visitor at Kelbach's home and the owner of a silver Infiniti with oversized rims, according to police.
A woman who was with Kelbach on May 31 said Kelbach went to answer a knock at the door about 5:45 p.m. The woman heard a loud bang, found Kelbach lying with a gunshot wound to the head and saw a "muscular dark-skinned male with long hair wearing a red tank top," leaving the house and getting into a silver car.
Evans, who is known to wear red clothing, told police that a red hat found at the scene was his, charging documents state.
Evans' girlfriend told police Evans believed she was unfaithful and in a relationship with Kelbach, the charges state. He allegedly sent her threatening text messages on May 31 showing pictures of a loaded .357 revolver and live rounds of ammunition.
Investigators said the bullet that killed Kelbach matches the ammunition in the photographs.
Evans has a lengthy criminal history that includes violence and aggression.
In 2003, Evans was convicted of misdemeanor lewdness in West Valley Justice Court. In a separate case that same year, he was convicted of two counts of violating a protective order in exchange for two other counts being dismissed, according to Utah state court records.Comment on this story
In late 2003, Evans was charged with several felonies, including attempted aggravated murder, disarming a police officer, burglary and two counts of aggravated assault. A West Valley woman called police on Dec. 6 to report that Evans had violated a protection order she had against him. During a scuffle with responding officers, he grabbed an officer's gun and then ran off. During a foot chase with police, an officer shot him in the arm and a second officer struck him from behind in a pickup truck.
Evans eventually pleaded guilty to disarming a police officer and the other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to five years to life in prison. A couple of other pending domestic violence-related cases were dismissed at that time, according to court records.
Evans was released from prison in February of 2013.
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