Marine Admits to Bludgeoning Death with No Memory of Event
A military judge accepted a guilty plea by Lance Cpl. Darren Evans who beat his roommate, Lance Cpl. Mario Arias, to death with a crowbar in November of 2011. Evans relied on evidence to deliver his plea.
By Daniel Woolfolk
February 1, 2013
A Camp Pendleton Marine admitted to bludgeoning his roommate to death with a crowbar in November 2011 despite citing having no memory of the incident.
Lance Cpl. Darren Evans was arrested Nov. 6, 2011 after falling—or jumping—off a three-story catwalk. His roommate, Lance Cpl. Mario Arias, was found dead shortly after midnight in a room they shared in the barracks.
During a plea hearing this week, Evans told a military judge he had blacked out after drinking too much beer and vodka and couldn’t remember the crime. He relied, however, on overwhelming DNA evidence, witness testimony, toxicology reports and fingerprints authorities found on the crowbar.
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