Midland Man Stabbed to Death in First Homicide of the Year

Aaron Lee Evans
Aaron Lee Evans

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - We're learning new information surrounding a deadly stabbing on Saturday night in Midland. Police say the man who was stabbed was killed by a family member.

NewsWest 9 spoke with neighbors of the family involved in that deadly fight and they tell say this isn't the first time police have been called to that house.

Although neighbors didn't feel comfortable speaking on camera, they say the family kept to themselves, but when they did hear something, it was usually people arguing.

A little after 8:00 Saturday night, Midland Police were called to a home in the 2500 block of in Midland.

"The initial call was that an individual was creating a disturbance to a family member," Sgt. David Garcia, with Midland Police Department, said.

That disturbance quickly turned into a murder.

Police said Aaron Lee Evans stabbed his own brother-in law, 46-year-old Jeffery Edwards, several times in the chest with a large kitchen knife.

We're told Evans and his mother got into a shouting match and that's when things escalated.

Police said Evans began smashing windows throughout the house and then attacked his mother.

"Once the suspect laid hands on the mother, grabbed her, that's when the victim intervened and that's when the suspects attention turned toward the victim," Garcia said. "The victim at that point staggered outside through the kitchen and collapsed at the back door."

Neighbors called 911 after they heard Edwards scream for help, saying he'd been stabbed. When officers arrived at the house, they found him on the ground. He later died at the hospital.

Officers are still looking into what caused the original fight.

For neighbors, it was a sleepless night on Hoya Drive, but they said they still feel safe in their usually quiet community.

"You never know when they're going to happen,  they know no socio-economic boundaries and it could happen anywhere and this is a prime example," Garcia said.

Aaron Evan's mother was not seriously injured in the attack.

Evans has been booked in the Midland County jail, charged with murder.

Saturday night's stabbing was Midland's first murder of the year.