Warrants: Wife's suicide faked


Click here to read the warrants (.pdf)

John Evans was charged with murder Wednesday afternoon in the death of his 53-year-old wife Donna Evans.

On January 16 around 4 p.m., authorities were called to a home in the 4000 block of Brook Cross Drive after a woman identified as Jamie Lee Bauer told an 911 operator that she was in the shower when she heard the shooting and ran to the room where it happened.

The warrants state Bauer rented a room from Evans.

In the call, a man believed to be Evans could be heard shouting in the background.

Bauer said there were two people wounded in the room.

"He says she shot him," the Bauer reported.

But according to the search warrants released Thursday, Donna Evans was shot twice. In the opinion of the medical examiner who looked at her body, there was no way both shots could be self-inflicted.

The warrants also say the relationship between Donna Evans and her husband was ending and she had rented a safe deposit box to keep important papers secret from him.

Detectives searched the box and also found cash and jewelry. In a search of the house, deputies seized guns and computer related items.

ABC11 has learned John Evans is a chef who owns a catering business in Cary called Chef John's.

He was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder after he was released from WakeMed.

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