Girl, 13, was stabbed multiple times before her Essex house was set on fire

Stepfather is denied bail as details of crime emerge in documents


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August 09, 2005|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

Carl Preston Evans Jr., the Essex man charged with killing his 13-year-old stepdaughter and setting a fire to cover up the killing, was denied bail yesterday as more details of the crime emerged in court documents.

Evans, 35, chose not to appear at a bail review hearing in Baltimore County District Court and remains at the Baltimore County Detention Center. He was arrested Friday in the city, 11 days after Breaunna Floyd was stabbed and the family's Foxridge Lane townhouse was set on fire "in an attempt to cover the crime," according to charging documents.

The fire injured Breaunna's nearly 8-month-old half-sister, Mosett Kendrell Evans.

Previously, police declined to say how the teenager was killed, but charging documents in the case note that the girl was stabbed "multiple times" and that her body was found in a blood-soaked bed upstairs.

Authorities found two bags on the front lawn of the home, one containing two bent or broken knives with what appeared to be dried blood on them, according to the documents.

Prescriptions and a pay stub inscribed with Evans' name were found in the bags, according to the documents. A plastic gasoline container was found in the living room.

Two witnesses said they saw a man run from behind the burning townhouse, carrying two bags. The man dropped the bags, used his key to open the front door, told one witness that his children were inside and fled, according to the documents.

Another witness told authorities that after "the man of the house" opened the door, he walked up three steps, then came outside and said, "My kids are dead," according to the documents. The witness reported seeing Evans run down an alley as fire engines approached the house, the documents said.

Evans is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree arson in the July 25 incident.

In 1991, Evans was convicted of first-degree rape, which required that he register with the Maryland Sex Offender Registry upon his release from prison and submit subsequent address changes.

Although Evans has been registered since 2001, his address on the registry was listed as "under investigation" at the time of Breaunna's death.

The state official in charge of the registry has said that the addresses of about 800 of the more than 4,300 offenders on the registry are either unknown or in question.

A hearing in Evans' case has been scheduled for Sept. 2 in Baltimore County District Court, according to court records.

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