Indictment on 1998 Cold Case
LAKELAND, FL (July 29, 2016) - On November 12, 1998, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an apartment at 512 W. Magnolia Street in reference to the shooting of Carter Lee Evans, 48 years old. Mr. Evans was sitting on a bucket outside of the residence. Two black male subjects approached Mr. Evans and another victim, Mirabeau Hyacinth with a firearm to commit a robbery. Mr. Evans jumped up to flee and at that time, was shot once in the side. Mr. Evans was able to run to 607 N. Virginia Avenue where he collapsed at that residence and was later pronounced deceased.
Several detectives have worked the case over the years interviewing numerous witnesses, traveling out-of-state, working with the State Attorney’s Office and examining evidence. Cold Case Unit Detective Scott Kercher, presented the facts of the case to the State Attorney’s Office as one of the two suspects had been identified. On July 21st, a Grand Jury Indictment was issued, charging Patrick A. Chambers, D.O.B. 12/01/74, with:
1. First Degree Murder
2. Attempted Robbery with a Firearm
3. Attempted Robbery with a Firearm
Chambers is currently serving a 32-year sentence with the Florida Department of Corrections on unrelated charges of Fleeing to Elude an Officer, Aggravated Assault with a Weapon and Obstruction of a Criminal Investigation.
View a copy of the indictment.
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