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Computers seized from Wake County home of man charged in wife's death

Posted February 18, 2011 4:56 p.m. EST

— Wake County investigators seized five computers from the home of a man charged in the shooting death of his wife, according to search warrants released Thursday.

F. John Evans, 67, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Donna Scheulen Evans, 53, who was shot at 4224 Brook Cross Drive, near Apex, on Jan. 16.

John Evans was shot in the stomach. He was arrested after his release from WakeMed Hospital. 

Authorities were alerted to the shooting in a 911 call made by a woman who was renting a room in the couple's home. In the call, she told emergency dispatchers that she was in the shower upstairs at the home when she heard John Evans screaming for help.

"He said she shot him," said the caller, whose name was not released.

The caller told dispatchers that the gun was on the floor next to Donna Evans, who was lying on her stomach in the bedroom with blood on her back.

John Evans could be heard yelling for help in the background during the call.

Investigators said the couple was found in the home office they shared in the master bedroom, according to search warrants.

Authorities searched the couple's home this week. The computers were seized because investigators believe Donna or John Evans was accessing a computer at the time or around the time of the shooting, according to the search warrant. 

Donna Evans often played an interactive castle-building game and developed an online relationship with a man named Richard Renny, according to the warrants. 

John Evans told friends he disliked his wife's interest in computer games and the relationship she had with Renny, the warrants stated. Investigators said John Evans made efforts to find out more about Renny via the computers.

Prior to Donna Evans' death, she began spending a lot of time on the computer, warrants stated.