Lancaster man sentenced to 45 years in 2013 killing

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJanuary 21, 2014 

— A Lancaster man accused of fatally shooting a homeowner during a botched robbery will spend more than 40 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder last week.

After about five hours of deliberating, a jury returned a guilty verdict Friday for David Stalk, 24, after listening to a week’s worth of evidence and testimony from more than 20 witnesses in connection with the case, said Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

On Jan. 26, 2013, police were sent to the area between St. Paul and Pleasant Hill streets in the city limits when neighbors complained about shots fired, police said. Officers initially did not find anything in the area until they learned that Kevis Anthony, 32, of Kershaw, had already been taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. He died two days later.

Police received a tip about Stalk’s whereabouts and found him at a family member’s home, Barfield said. He and Tomaka Evans, 35, were both arrested and charged with murder and attempted armed robbery. Stalk also was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Authorities determined that Evans and Stalk planned to rob Anthony, who Evans knew and suspected would have money and valuable possessions.

Evans lured Anthony into her home, police reported, where Stalk waited with a gun. When Anthony tried to run, Stalk fired at him several times. Stalk ran off, but eventually called 911 to report the incident. Evans, meanwhile, took Anthony inside her home to treat his gunshot wounds before driving him to the hospital. Anthony’s death was the city’s first homicide of 2013.

Evans, Barfield said, will go to trial next week. Efforts to reach Stalk’s lawyer, Lancaster attorney Mark Grier, were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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