Couple wanted for questioning in Miami murder is in custody

A couple from Ohio wanted for questioning in Miami motel murder has been taken into custody.

Michael Douglas Evans, 30, his 34-year-old wife, Kristy, and her 7-year-old daughter, Jala, were picked up by U.S. Marshals Thursday night at a Motel 6 in Hays, Kansas.

On June 6, the body of Joseph Moniz was found in a pool of blood in a room at the Sunshine Inn Motel, off the 4800 block of West Flagler Street. The Evanses had checked into the same motel room May 29.

Moniz’s body was discovered by a hotel employee who had stopped by the room to collect rent from Evans — only to learn that the family had taken off.

Evans was wanted by Ohio authorities after he’d skipped town while under house arrest, awaiting trial on charges that he had attacked a man with a hammer. A relative said Evans cut his ankle monitor and took off with his wife and stepdaughter.

The couple will be extradited to Ohio to face charges. Jala is in the custody of child services and will be returned to Ohio, where she’ll most likely be placed with her maternal grandmother.

Go to to read more.

Related stories from Miami Herald