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Judge: Bolingbrook murder suspect tried to evade drug test

Michele A. Evans
Michele A. Evans

JOLIET – A Bolingbrook woman awaiting sentencing on a murder charge returned to jail Friday.

Judge Dave Carlson said he was informed by courthouse personnel that Michele A. Evans, 52, attempted to fake her urine sample during the required drug test before her court appearance. Evans was in court in advance of her sentencing on a second-degree murder charge that was scheduled for Monday.

"The sentencing is not going to be addressed while this new matter is pending," Carlson noted.

On April 16, 2015, Michele Evans stabbed David Evans, 55, twice in the chest with a kitchen knife after an argument at their home in the 500 block of Bloomfield Drive in Bolingbrook. David Evans died the following day and Michele Evans was arrested.       

Defense attorney Joel Brodsky said last year that a psychologist has determined Michele Evans was suffering from "battered-woman syndrome" at the time and acted in self-defense. In February, Evans made a "blind plea" to one count of second-degree murder in exchange for first-degree murder charges being dropped. A blind plea is one in which no deal has been made for prosecutors to recommend a particular sentence. She faces four to 20 years in prison, but had no prior criminal record and could receive probation.   

However, on April 13, Oswego police responded to a McDonald's parking lot after Evans reportedly exhibited suicidal behavior. Cocaine and marijuana were allegedly found in her car. Carlson had Evans jailed again, but allowed her to be released Tuesday to "get her affairs in order" prior to sentencing.

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