The jury convicted Charlie Earl Evans of Holly Springs, Miss., of especially aggravated kidnapping, a felony that included false imprisonment and serious bodily injury to the victim. Because of prior felony convictions, he faces 40 to 60 years in prison when he is sentenced July 18 by Judge W. Mark Ward.
According to testimony, the victim said she and Evans had been at a family gathering in Memphis on May 29, 2016, when Evans became angry and threatened her.
She said he took her to a wooded area where he beat her, and then to a motel in Downtown Memphis where he would not let her leave. The woman, 50, said Evans repeatedly struck her in the head, the face and the body over a period of several hours.
When they finally left, they ran out of gas in Germantown where the victim was able to call police. Evans was taken into custody and the woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Evans remains in the Shelby County Jail awaiting sentencing.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Glenda Adams and Holly Palmer of the DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit which prosecutes felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners. The Unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.