Mississippi man accused of threatening to kill federal judges – more than once

Published 8:55 am Monday, October 5, 2020

A Mississippi man has been indicted on charges he threatened to harm federal judges multiple times.

Donovan Evans, 39, was indicted last month by a federal grand jury on three counts of making threats against the jurists, including threatening to fatally shoot judges, The Clarion-Ledger reported Monday.

Evans was accused of mailing a letter to the U.S. District Court clerk in Jackson in May asking for a new judge to represent him in a court case, and angrily disputing U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit he filed, according to an affidavit written by Shelley Boone of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Three months later, Evans allegedly called the clerk’s office again and said he “just wanted to get a gun” and shoot people at the courthouse, the affidavit said.

An additional threat allegedly made in August was not detailed in the U.S. Marshals documents.

Records showed Evans filed several lawsuits in federal court against the Meridian Police Department, the Lauderdale County Detention Center and others. Those lawsuits were dismissed.

Evans faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the three counts. A judge ruled Thursday he would remain in custody pending trial.

His public defender couldn’t be reached for comment, the Clarion-Ledger said.