If you weren’t expecting things to be weird at the Elizabeth Holmes fraud trial going on in San Jose, wake up.
We are talking about a woman who wore a black turtleneck to work every day, spoke in a bizarre low voice tone, and was obsessed with Steve Jobs.
Of course things were going to get bizarre, and they did this week, as Holmes defends herself from federal fraud charges that could put her in prison for 20 years.
NPR reports that during jury selection for the trial, one man in the courtroom, who wore a Patagonia puffer jacket a hat, began to stand out.
He described himself as a “concerned citizen.”
He continued to show up at the trial, and when he appeared again he was wearing very different clothes, dressed more formally in a suit.
This “concerned citizen” walked into the courthouse the next time right next to Holmes.
He actually is probably concerned about Holmes going to prison, because his name is Bill Evans, the father of Holmes’ partner Billy Evans according to NPR.
So that would make him the grandfather of Holmes’ baby that was born this summer. In other words, a concerned citizen.
He had been talking to reporters multiple times, always defending Holmes. Reporters didn’t know who he was, but noticed is expensive Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, and correctly assumed he was more than just a rando resident of the Bay Area.
Evans and his son Billy work for a very successful hospitality industry company called Evans Hotels.