Richard T. Evans had a history of violence and drug use, according to court records.
Evans was charged with second-degree property damage of his parents’ home in March 1999, according to court records, and was sentenced to shock detention and counseling. He was also ordered not to have unlawful contact with his parents, David and Kathryn Evans.
In April 1999, David Evans petitioned for an order of protection, saying his son attempted to harm him. David Evans, a former Columbia city attorney, said his son was “kicking holes in the wall, throwing things, pushing me out of his way and taking things.” In the petition, David Evans also said Richard Evans “had a continuing pattern” of “violence, hate and rage against me” that caused “so much tension and stress that I had a heart attack” on April 16, 1999.
In May 2003, Richard Evans was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He pleaded guilty in August 2003 and was placed on two years of unsupervised probation.
In October 1998, Richard Evans pleaded guilty to unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and his sentence was suspended. In February 1999, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of alcohol by a minor and another misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.
Court records also list speeding violations in March and April 2000.