Husband chooses trial by judge

George Dexter Evans charged with attempted murder, arson at resort

George Dexter Evans, 53, appeared before Justice Charles Quin on Monday and asked that his trial be by judge alone. He is accused of attempting to murder 
his wife.

The court was scheduled to begin hearing evidence on Tuesday after Evans entered pleas to a new indictment.

Details of the first charge against him are that, on 12 December 2010, at Plantation Village Beach Resorts on West Bay Road, he unlawfully attempted to kill Maritza Evans. He pleaded not guilty.

The second charge is that, on the same day, without lawful excuse, he damaged by fire property belonging to Plantation Village “intending to damage or being reckless as to whether property would be damaged, and intending by the said damage to endanger the life of Maritza Evans.” Evans pleaded not guilty to this charge also.

He did plead guilty to the third charge, but Senior Crown Trevor Ward said the pleas were not acceptable and the matter needed to go to trial.

The third charge is that Evans damaged by fire property belonging to Plantation Village, “intending to damage or being reckless as to whether property would be damaged and being reckless as to whether the life of another would thereby be endangered.”

Mr. Ward said the charges are alternatives and the Crown’s position was that the offence was done with the intention of endangering Mrs. Evans’ life.

The fourth charge relates to the damage of Mrs. Evans’ motor vehicle. Evans pleaded guilty with explanation.

He is represented by attorney John Furniss, who said he thought evidence might be concluded by the end of Wednesday, 3 August.

Jurors were directed to return for another trial on Monday, 8 August.

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