A North Texas judge has refused to drop a capital murder charge against a 17-year-old accused of killing his mother and younger sister.
Attorneys for Jacob Ryan Evans brought up the issue at a Wednesday hearing.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling doesn't allow any capital murder defendant under 18 to be executed or sentenced to life without parole. Those are the only two punishment options for a capital murder convict in Texas.
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Prosecutors say a proposed state law would create a life sentence for capital murder convicts under age 18.
Evans has been jailed since his October arrest at home in Aledo, 20 miles west of Fort Worth.
The judge set bail Wednesday at $750,000. Evans' father Darrell Evans told the court his son has no money and while the family is supporting him in jail, they will not be bonding him out even if they could afford it.
Evans gave chilling details of the crime during a 911 call. During the recording, Evans told the 911 operator he is "evil."