$1 million bond for 82-year-old husband charged with murder of Columbus philanthropist

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police have charged an 82-year-old man for the death of his 85-year-old wife in northeast Columbus.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 4:47 p.m. Monday, officers were called to the 2300 block of Sunbury Road to check on a possible homicide. 

When officers arrived on the scene, they found Dorothy Cage-Evans, 85, unresponsive inside the residence. 

Cage-Evans was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police report states that Cage-Evans’ husband, Henry Evans, called his stepdaughter Monday and told her he had killed her mother with a wooden table. 

Police took Evans, 82, into custody and charged him with the murder of Cage. 

During his arraignment Tuesday, Evans was ordered to be held on a $1 million bond.

Cage-Evans and Evans were both philanthropists in the central Ohio area. They helped start Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, as well as a scholarship fund, both of which help students across the area.

Two years ago, Cage-Evans presented Judge Kimberly Cocroft with an award for community service.

“To have what I felt was her stamp of approval for the work that I was doing just meant the world to me, and I was thankful that I had the opportunity to express that to her,” said Cocroft.

Cage-Evans was also involved with the Harmony Project.

Henry Evans

“I think that she showed the passion for the fact that a lot of our kids just don’t have the opportunity and if they’re given the opportunity, then great things happen in their lives,” said Harmony Project Founder David Brown. “Dorothy has been to every Harmony Project concert. I could look up and see her every time up in the balcony, always waving and smiling, but truly I just want to emphasize the dignity and grace that this woman lived her life with.”

Police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information in this case to call the CPD Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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