Mary P. Evans, the Knoxville attorney charged with helping her convict-client escape from state custody, walked happily from the Anderson County Jail here today after her parents and an aunt and uncle posted property valued at more than $800,000 to secure her release.
"Everyone was glad to see their daughter, and she was delighted to see them," said Bob Ritchie, her attorney, who rode down in the jailhouse elevator with his client and family and packed her off in the family sedan.
Until her trial for kidnaping, armed robbery and escape, Evans, 26, is expected to live at home on the 76 rolling acres her father pledged to secure her freedom. No trial date has been set, but it is not expected to take place for several months.
Her father, B.H. Pentecost, a vice president at the University of Tennessee, signed over a deed of trust to the family home with an equity of $113,000 and 28 acres of subdivision property owned jointly with his brother-in-law in nearby Monroe County and valued at $689,000.
Circuit Judge James C. (Buddy) Scott approved the bond, set at $450,000, or $50,000 for each of nine felony counts against Evans. Under state law, property bond must equal one and a half times the cash bond.
There was no mortgage on the 28-acre subdivision property that Pentecost bought in 1967 with James and Mary Sue Robinson, according to documents filed in the Monroe County Courthouse.
Subdivided into 48 surveyed lots, it sits about 40 miles from Knoxville near Tellico Lake, a dammed-up river that enhanced the value of the land after it was bought, according to a court clerk.
"If she fails to appear and we have to sell it, the property is more than enough to satisfy the bond," said Audrey Prince, Anderson County Criminal Court clerk.
Evans spent the weekend in jail here after being captured last week by the FBI in Daytona Beach with her former client, William Timothy Kirk, 36.
Kirk was the accused triggerman in the killing of two black inmates at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary when he and Evans traveled with three prison guards to the office of a psychologist on March 31.
She is accused of slipping Kirk a gun before the two fled the psychologist's office.
Kirk was convicted in absentia on April 29 on several counts, including voluntary manslaughter. He now is imprisoned in Nashville. Evans had served as one of his court-appointed attorneys.