Kahlil Square sentenced in Ada pastor murder case
ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — Kahlil Square, the convicted gunman in the 2021 shooting that killed Ada pastor David Evans, was sentenced on Tuesday.
Judge Steven Kessinger sentenced Square to life in prison with the possibility of parole once he is eligible.
"No one is ever happy in this situation. You have his family that’s hurting her family that’s hurting, and David’s family is hurting as well, but we are satisfied that some measure of justice has happened for David Evans," Assistant District Attorney Tara Portillo said.
In September, Square entered a guilty plea to a first-degree murder charge.
On Tuesday, the convicted killer told the court he was truly sorry for his actions.
When asked what else he would say to the families, Square said, "If you can't forgive me today, I hope that one day you will."
The defense described Square's co-defendant and the victim's wife, Kristie Evans, as "sinister and manipulative," stating that before meeting her, Square would never have killed David Evans or thought about shooting him.
"He was under the clutches of someone who was extremely masterful at her manipulative tactics, so this is the end result," Defense attorney Tony Coleman said. "But we think the court did exactly what they were supposed to do under the circumstances they both received the same sentence, him and his co-defendant, which is the principle of all this."
Portillo said the evidence overwhelmingly showed that Kristie Evans manipulated Square into committing the crime but that he was a willing participant who had other options besides pulling the trigger.
"We don't doubt that Kristie was the planner and the catalyst for all of this and that before Kristie, Kahlil wouldn't be sitting in the courtroom today and wouldn't be going to prison," Portillo said. "But ultimately, he still walked into the home of a man who had done him no wrong while that man was sleeping and put a bullet in his head."
Before reading the sentence, Judge Kessinger said there was no reason for him to believe that Square did not know the difference between right and wrong.
"Our argument was that he knew right from wrong because in the initial interviews with police, just like Kristie Evans, he lied," Portillo explained. "So obviously, he knew what he did was wrong, and he was trying to cover it up."
Square will receive credit for the time he has already served.
He will likely be eligible for parole sometime in his 60s.