“I’m going to kill everything”: Man accused of killing girlfriend had already made violent threats

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Investigators are working to determine what bigger plans a Gwinnett County murder suspect may have had.

Channel 2′s Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas was in Lawrenceville, where he learned the disturbing words Ray Evans said to a friend days before his arrest.

Evans is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, 29-year-old Shakiyla Samples, at a home on Prospect Road on Sept. 20. He was later arrested in Forsyth County.

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Evans has entered a not guilty plea and his attorney has asked for bond, insisting that the father of two is not a threat.

One of his friends, a former police officer, disagrees.

Chris Davis said Evans asked him if he needed to have anyone killed.


Davis said he and Evans met in a restaurant parking lot in early September and hit it off. Davis said Evans often talked and texted about shooting people in the head, especially police.

“I’m going to kill everything that speaks death upon me,” he allegedly wrote in a text to Davis.

“He (said) he would be dying for Sharia God,” Davis said.

Davis called 911 and met with a Gwinnett County police officer. Snellville police got wind of the threats and were worried enough to put out a warning to all other metro Atlanta police departments.

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Davis said Evans even tried to bait a few police officers into stopping him.

“He just said the officer didn’t bite,” Davis said. “He swerved in and out of his lane and did other things, but they just wouldn’t pull him over.”

Sgt. Jeff Manley with the Snellville Police confirmed the account.

“He stated he was going to try and be deliberately pulled over so he could assault a police officer,” Manley said.

Five days after Davis called 911 and four days after the alert went out, Samples was dead.

Gwinnett County police said there just wasn’t enough of a direct threat against a specific person for them to arrest or confront Evans, who remains in jail.

“It was not just the intensity of the rants and the bloody nature, but it was also the planning,” Davis said.

Evans has been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.