Daughter of murdered couple believes they were killed over recent winning lottery ticket

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The daughter of William and Brenda Evans tells 7 Action News that she believes her parents were stabbed to death over a lottery ticket.

Mother's Day morning, William Evans, 62, and his wife Brenda, 61, were found murdered in their Lenox Street home on Detroit's east side. The house had been ransacked and one of the couple's daughters, Tierra Evans, tells 7 Action News that she believes the killer, or killers, were after one of her father's recent winning lottery tickets.

Tierra Evans tells 7 Action News that her father regularly played the Daily 3 and the Daily 4. "The motive was a lottery ticket because my dad hit the lottery two weeks ago and all of his friends and the people in this neighborhood knew that", she said.

Detroit Police investigators believe the murders are connected to drugs that they say were being sold at the home. Sources say William Evans, who is known in the neighborhood as "Dollar Bill", was involved in the sale of heroin.

Tierra Evans denies her parents were involved in the sale of any drugs. And she says her father received social security checks but did well enough in the lottery to be able to afford nice things for the family.

One local pastor said that for several years Mr. Evans made regular cash donations, referring to the money as 'tithes', but the pastor indicated that Mr. Evans never stayed for worship services.

Anyone with any information in this case is urged to call  Detroit Homicide Investigators at (313)596-2260.

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