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Self-Proclaimed Serial Killer Doesn’t Want Attorneys

September 4, 1991

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) _ Self-professed serial killer Donald Leroy Evans’ request to represent himself on capital murder charges will have to wait until a judge reviews his psychological profile.

Evans smiled when he entered the Harrison County courtroom for a pre-trial hearing Tuesday. But during the hour-long proceeding he became angry when his court-appointed attorneys tried to introduce a 1987 psychological report questioning his competence.

″This individual needs to do one thing and that’s to get out of my life and stop this mumbo-jumbo,″ Evans said as he slapped attorney Jim Davis’ legal pad.

Evans, of Galveston, Texas, is charged with murder in the kidnapping, rape and slaying of a 10-year-old homeless girl. He has already pleaded guilty to federal kidnapping charges in the case.

Evans, who boasts he’s one of the world’s great con men, claims to have killed 72 people across the United States and Canada. He led authorities on a fruitless search last week for three women he said he killed in Arizona in 1985.

Evans, 34, wants to waive his right to an attorney but he also wishes to have Biloxi lawyer Fred Lusk as his co-counsel. Lusk represents Evans on the federal charges.

Circuit Court Judge Kosta Vlahos quizzed Evans extensively during Tuesday’s hearing, trying to determine his mental aptitude. Evans seemed to enjoy the challenge and bragged about the legal knowledge he has acquired.

″I have one year of college and I studied law in prison and out of prison for approximately 10 years,″ Evans said.

″Some people think you can’t read a book and learn. I’ll go ahead and take the state bar exam right now.″

Vlahos asked Evans if he knew the saying ″He who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer.″ Evans responded: ″At the same time, there are fools who are lawyers.″

Vlahos said he would not rule on Evans’ request until he saw a psychological report prepared last month for federal authorities by Henry Maggio of Gulfport. Those authorities ruled Evans competent to plead guilty on kidnapping charges.

Evans is to be sentenced Oct. 24 on the federal charges.

Authorities refused to say if Evans would be taken to any other states to search for bodies.

″There’s nothing new to tell you,″ said M.C. Overton, spokesman for the federal task force checking out Evans’ claims.

Besides giving up his right to a lawyer, Evans also said he wanted to bypass Mississippi’s automatic appeal procedure in capital murder convictions. Vlahos asked him if he understood he could be sentenced to death by lethal injection.

″And I hope you understand I’m a person who’s willing to accept his guilt,″ Evans said.

The antagonism between Evans and his two court-appointed lawyers, Davis and Bill Robinson, was the focal point of the hearing.

Robinson had filed his own motion to be taken off the case. ″I don’t want to be saddled with any other problems attached to this case,″ Robinson said.

″Can’t they just quit? I would,″ Evans said.

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