Plea bargain said to be agreed in rape cases


A Silver Spring computer analyst accused of raping four women from Howard and Montgomery counties is expected to enter a plea agreement on charges related to the incidents.

The plea agreement for William Kirk Evans, 52, was announced by his defense attorney during a pre-trial hearing at Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville on Friday.

At the hearing, Assistant Public Defender Sam Truette withdrew pretrial motions because of the pending agreement.

In the motions, the defense had sought to have the charges dismissed and to prevent prosecutors from introducing evidence collected under a search and seizure warrant at trial.

Mr. Truette and prosecutors declined to comment on the terms of the plea agreement.

Mr. Evans, a former senior systems analyst for the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund in Washington, faces multiple counts of first-degree rape, assault with intent to rape, kidnapping, housebreaking, burglary, sexual offenses and weapons violations.

When he is sentenced, Mr. Evans could receive a life sentence. He is scheduled for trial Jan. 10 in Montgomery and Jan. 24 in Howard.

In the Howard cases, Mr. Evans is accused of attacking a 22-year-old Mount Airy woman on Nov. 23, 1992, and a 19-year-old Dayton woman on May 14, 1992.

Mr. Evans allegedly entered their houses with a shotgun, abducted them and drove them to his home on Rhapsody Lane, where he raped them, according to police reports.

In both attacks, the women were forced to wear sunglasses with tape on the outside of the lenses and paper material on the inside, records say. The women were released several hours after the attacks.

In the Montgomery cases, Mr. Evans allegedly broke into houses in Silver Spring and Burtonsville and raped the women who lived there, police said. Both attacks occurred in 1990.

Mr. Evans was arrested Dec. 19 by detectives using descriptions from the victims of the assailant's car and house, a two-story residence with a single-car attached garage.

Police, working on a hunch that the suspect lived along U.S. 29 between Silver Spring and Ellicott City, discovered Mr. Evans' white 1988 Dodge Colt parked in the driveway of his home in a development called Tanglewood.

Detectives learned that Mr. Evans had a 1980 conviction for false imprisonment, assault and battery in Prince George's County and matched his fingerprints with a partial print found in the home of the Mount Airy victim.

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