by Max Brantley
Now it can be told. Back when the warrant was issued for the arrest of Grover Evans Jr. in the slaying of a Metropolitan Bank clerk, we came into possession of the police affidavit on which the warrant was issued. We posted it briefly. But, on learning that it was supposed to be still under seal, we took it off the website. We didn't think the contents would imperil the police case, particularly given the suspect's reported cooperation with authorities, but we didn't want to risk any complications.
Evans is now back in Little Rock. He's had an initial court appearance. He has an attorney. The affidavit is no longer under seal. It is reprinted on the jump.
FROM THE POLICE AFFIDAVIT BY DETECTIVE DEWANA J. PHILLIPS
On Dec. 24, 2006 detectives received a call from a Pamela Smith who resides at 8001 Standish. I along with another detective made contact with the party and her husband at the aforementioned address. Prior to our arrival, Ms. Smith advised that she knew it was her son in the paper by his eyes and she had bought him a shirt like the one in the paper a couple of years ago.
Upon our arrival, Ms. Smith could not tell me what the writing said on the shirt only that she purchased the shirt because it had a tiger on it and her son was attending Central High School at that time. While interviewing Ms. Smith her husband Alfonso said he had watched the news on the night of Dec. 23, 2006 and had noted to himself that the guy looked like "Junior." Mr. Smith said he did not say anything to his wife that night for not to upset her.
Mr. Smith said he retrieved the newspaper on the morning of Dec. 24, 2006 and had viewed the pictures from the Metropolitan Bank robbery and believed that the person in the newspaper was also "Junior." Mr. Smith says his wife opened the newspaper and he had not said anything to her and she became upset saying it was her son Grover and which time Mrs. Smith phoned the Detective Division.
On Dec. 29 further contact was made with the Smiths and they both felt that the subject in the photograph was Grover Junior. Mr. Smith noted that the swagger was that of Grover Junior and that he's left-handed.
On Dec. 26, 2006, Cindy Scoggins e-mailed Metropolitan Bank and noted that the picture of the bank robbery suspect looks like a kid she was trying to evict from a property she manages. I made phone contact with Scoggins and she advised the bank robber looks like her tenant Grover Evans Jr.
On or about Dec. 27, I had a phone conversation with Anthony Hill. Mr. Hill was located from an incident report where he was a passenger in a vehicle with Grover Evans Jr. in June. Mr. Hill said he last heard from Evans on Saturday afternoon when he called him and told him his phone was turned back on. Hill also noted during the phone conversation that Evans kept a chrome gun [a chrome gun was used in the robbery] for his protection in his house.
On Jan. 2 a taped statement was taken from Hill advising he knows Evans to have a chrome revolver, possibly .380 caliber. During the search of the crime scene a fragment of a .38-caliber projectile was located. No shell casings were found at the crime scene.
On Jan. 2 I obtained a search warrant for the 9124 Susie Lane, which is occupied by Grover Evans Jr. While implementing the warrant, a .38 caliber shell casing was located in the kitchen area on the counter with a number of other items. A search was conducted of the trash and torn checks from numerous persons were thrown in that area. The checks were made out to Beyond Cotton. The deposits belonging to Beyond Cotton was taken during the Metropolitan Bank robbery on Dec. 23.