A woman was ordered on Thursday morning to stand trial in connection with the killing of her boyfriend/fiancé at his Napa house in July.
Robyn Gevas, 37, is accused of fatally stabbing Callie Joshua Evans Jr. during the evening of July 11. Evans, 62, was pronounced dead after he was transported at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.
On Thursday, Judge Philip Champlin also ordered Gevas to remain in the Napa County jail without bail.
The Napa resident, who is suspected of stabbing Evans four times at his house on the 2000 block of Euclid Avenue, pleaded not guilty in August to charges of murder with special allegation in connection with the killing, according to court filings. Officers found Gevas at the house after she called 911 at about 10:30 p.m. on July 11, according to court testimony and court records.
Napa Police detective Sean Ulitin told the court Thursday Gevas was interviewed for 2 1/2 hours at the Napa Police Department after she was booked at the Napa County jail. During the interview, Gevas told police she stabbed Evans after he prevented her from getting inside the residence to retrieve her glasses. She was not told Evans was dead until the end of her interview, Ulitin said.
Ulitin testified Gevas said she stabbed Evans after she “‘lost it’” after he called her “‘crazy.’”
Gevas told police her relationship with Evans was “volatile,” Ulitin said. She first told police he was a boyfriend, then said she and Evans were engaged, he said as Gevas sat quietly near hear attorney.
On the night of the incident, Gevas told police she and Evans had planned to watch TV, Ulitin said. But she and Evans, who came home at about 8 p.m., began to argue over a former boyfriend of Gevas’ and a carpet cleaner which was at Gevas’ apartment on Pine Street. Gevas told police she left to get the spot remover at her residence, Ulitin said. When she returned, Gevas could not enter through the front door and used a side entrance and got in the kitchen area, Ulitin said. Gevas told police she and Evans started pushing each other, according to the court testimony. Gevas told Ulitin she was upset and agitated when Evans told her to leave and called her crazy, the detective said. Gevas told the detective she grabbed knives from a kitchen drawer, and swung them at him, Ulitin told the court.
Napa County District Attorney investigator Jane Hinshaw, who witnessed Evans’ autopsy, testified Evans’ toxicology results showed that Evans’ had a .10 blood alcohol level. Under California law, one is legally drunk with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent.
Ulitin, answering questions from defense attorney Allison, Wilensky, testified Gevas said alleged Evans had been abusive to her in the past. In one incident, Gevas said Evans struck her in the face; in the other, Evans choked her during a wrestling match that turned into a physical fight.
Champlin set the next hearing for Jan. 9. Evans’ killing was one of two homicides in the city of Napa this year.