But because Evans was 17 at the time, his case is in legal limbo.
Under Texas law, 17-year-olds are adults and thus subject to adult criminal penalties. In a Texas capital murder case, there are only two possible sentences: death or life in prison without possibility of parole.
But the U.S. Supreme Court sets adulthood at age 18. In two cases, the high court has ruled that defendants younger than 18 may not be executed or sentenced to life without parole.
There are 24 other cases of 17-year-old capital murder defendants pending in Texas.
The Legislature is trying to address this in the current special session, but time is running out.