Man charged in woman’s rape, poisoning attempt

Herald staff

KENT — A man has been charged with raping a woman outside the Regional Justice Center and of soliciting another man to kill her with poisoned cocaine to avoid being charged in the attack.

Devon "Devo" Amon-Re Evans, 26, of Seattle, pleaded innocent to rape and murder solicitation charges Tuesday in King County Superior Court. Bail was set at $500,000.

Documents filed in court gave the following account:

A woman and Evans, who did not know one another, were released at the same time April 2 from the county jail in Kent. After they got outside, the woman said, Evans made lewd remarks and raped her. He claimed he paid her for sex.

On Nov. 6, David Kendall told authorities at the justice center that Evans had promised him $5,000, 8 ounces of crack cocaine, an apartment and a car if he would deliver cocaine laced with rat poison to the woman and make sure she smoked it.

The informant said he bought drugs from Evans and was the woman’s cocaine supplier.

Investigators wired Kendall on Nov. 19 and tape-recorded conversations between him and Evans, who was arrested the next day. Investigators said they found rat poison and nearly 100 grams of cocaine in Evans’ residence.

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