During a murder trial, the defense questioned witnesses about the whereabouts of a man they say caused the murder defendant to open fire and “defend” himself. The man in question was fatally shot over the weekend.
Saeve Evans is charged with first-degree murder while armed and two gun related charges for his alleged role in the death of 16-year-old Breyona McMillian on the 1200 block of I Street, SE in 2016. Evans is also charged with obstruction of justice.
“We were planning on calling Sean Shuler, who is now dead,” the prosecutor said in court on Jan. 30.
According to court documents, Evans, 32, had a long standing feud with Shuler, who was convicted of shooting Evans in 2012.
A press release said Shuler, 26, was shot and killed on Jan. 26 in Southeast DC.
A witness previously testified that Shuler had been living in a halfway house in the days leading up to McMillian’s death. On the day of the murder, the witness said Shuler had left the house in the morning and did not return until approximately 4 p.m. McMillan was shot around noon.
An expert witness said cell phone records show that Shuler’s phone had not been in the area of the shooting. However, the defense said that the cell phone data only shows the location of the phone, not Shuler.
During opening arguments, the defense said Evans was standing in a parking lot with McMillian, when a black car entered the lot. Apparently, Evans believed Shuler was in the car. The defense said there was movement in the car and Evans opened fire as a result. The defense said there was a shooter in the car and that they shot McMillian.
However, the prosecution said Shuler wasn’t in the car and that Evans was the only shooter.
Thamar Bailey contributed to this article.