Trial Of Accused Alison Krauss Pretender To Be Delayed
The woman accused of bilking a Fayetteville man out of almost $300,000 while pretending to be country music star Alison Krauss will have her criminal trial delayed Tuesday morning in Circuit Court, according to prosecutors.
Sue Evers, 52, of Edgewood, N.M., was arrested in June and pleaded not guilty to charges of abuse of an endangered or impaired person. Her trial was set for Tuesday, but will be delayed to Oct. 8, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.
Evers was ordered Aug. 7 by the Washington County Circuit Court to undergo a mental evaluation in the case after her defense said it would use mental disease or defect as a defense in the case, according to court documents.
Police said Evers convinced a 75-year-old local man she was Krauss. During the time of the alleged crime, the man’s bank account fell from $45,000 to $5,000, and he signed his $245,000 house over to Evers, according to an arrest warrant affidavit in Washington County Circuit Court.
Fayetteville police began investigating Evers in April when First Security Bank officials contacted investigators, concerned because their elderly customer Don Fulton withdrew several thousand dollars within a few months, the affidavit states. Fulton’s son told a detective his father had recently met a woman online who the father believed was Krauss. Fulton had recently married Evers, and the son thought she might be taking financial advantage of him, according to the affidavit.
Fulton later told police he believe Evers was Krauss and that she had changed her name to escape the paparazzi. He also said he signed his home over to Evers so that she could put it in Fulton’s son’s name.
Investigators also found out that Evers had changed Fulton’s will to give her his money in the event of his death, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Evers gained control of Fulton’s home by alleging merit-less battery accusations against Fulton, police said.