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February 29, 2024

Slidell Man Found Guilty in Domestic Violence Case

Collin Sims, Interim District Attorney, reports that on February 28, 2024, Slidell City Court Judge Bryan D. Haggerty found Karl Evans, age 62 and of Slidell, guilty as charged of domestic abuse battery. Assistant District Attorney Heather Stephens, assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit under the Supervision of Roy Burns III, prosecuted the case. “Domestic violence can be so easy for people to ignore, as it often happens without any witnesses and it is sometimes easier not to get involved,” said D.A. Sims. “Together we can challenge attitudes towards violence in the home and show that domestic violence is a crime and not merely unacceptable.”

Testimony at trial established that on August 12, 2023, the victim reported to the Slidell Police Department that her husband, Karl Evans, had physically assaulted her at their residence earlier that day. She said she was standing at the stove cooking eggs for herself when the defendant told her she was not allowed to use the stove. He grabbed her right wrist and dug his fingernails into her skin, causing her to drop the skillet to the floor. He then picked up the skillet and struck her with it, causing significant bruising to her arm.

Officer Devon Ferguson observed bruising and cuts to the victim’s body and documented them via photographs. The victim provided police with a video she was able to record with her cell phone during the altercation. The camera was directed at the floor so it did not capture the actual assault but it did record the defendant saying “I’ll f*** your a** up, you don’t know me.”

The victim and Officer Ferguson testified at the trial. The defendant testified that the victim was the aggressor in the matter.

In cross-examination of the defendant, Assistant District Attorney Heather Stephens pointed out several inconsistencies in his testimony and the defendant eventually admitted that the victim never physically harmed him.

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