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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and partner Billy Evans welcome first child weeks before her trial

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and partner Billy Evans welcome their first child three weeks before her fraud trial begins

  • William Holmes Evans was born July 10 in Redwood City, California
  • Holmes has been charged with 12 counts of fraud and her trial is expected to start on August 31 in a San Jose federal court
  • The Stanford University dropout is alleged to have defrauded investors in her blood-testing company – as well as doctors and patients
  • Prosecutors claim Holmes knew that her company’s technology was defective 
  • The couple, who have kept many details of their relationship out of the news, are said to have married in a secret wedding ceremony in 2019  
  • Her pregnancy has already played a role in effecting her court proceedings and accommodations 
  • The birth of her son could further impact the highly anticipated trial 
  • She has pleaded not guilty to all charges and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, as well $250,000 fines for each count of which she’s found guilty
  • It was not immediately clear what plans the couple have to parent their newborn if Holmes is found guilty of her charges and sentenced to prison

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and her partner, hotel management heir Billy Evans, have welcomed their first child just weeks before her trial for fraud is scheduled to begin.

Their son, William Holmes Evans, was born July 10 in Redwood City, California, according to birth records obtained by ABC News

Evans, 29, and Holmes, 37, are said to have married in a secret wedding ceremony in 2019, Vanity Fair reported. The couple has infamously kept many details of their relationship out of the news.

Holmes has been charged with 12 counts of fraud and her trial is expected to start on August 31 in a San Jose federal court.

Holmes, a Stanford University dropout, is alleged to have defrauded investors in her blood-testing company – as well as doctors and patients- out of millions while knowing that her company’s technology was defective. 

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and her partner, hotel management heir Billy Evans, have welcomed their first child just weeks before her trial for fraud charges is scheduled to begin

Holmes is alleged to have defrauded investors in her blood-testing company - as well as doctors and patients - out of millions while knowing her company's technology was defective

Holmes is alleged to have defrauded investors in her blood-testing company – as well as doctors and patients – out of millions while knowing her company’s technology was defective

She has pleaded not guilty to all charges and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, as well $250,000 fines for each count of which she’s found guilty.

It was not immediately clear what plans the couple have to parent their newborn if Holmes is found guilty of her charges and sentenced to prison.

Her pregnancy has already played a role in effecting her court proceedings and accommodations – and the birth of her son could further impact the highly anticipated trial.

Holmes was indicted in 2018 and her trial was originally scheduled for July 28, 2020 but was delayed three times because of the COVID-19 pandemic, before it was ultimately scheduled to begin on July 13.

She told the court of her pregnancy in March 2021 and the trial was delayed for the fourth time – while she has remained out of jail reportedly living in a luxury apartment. 

In June, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila said at a pretrial hearing that Holmes would be allowed to tend to her baby in a quiet room during breaks in the trial.

Legal experts have told ABC News that the birth of her child will now have an impact on how the jury perceives her during the trial.

Her pregnancy has already played a role in effecting her court proceedings and accommodations - and the birth of her son could further impact the highly anticipated trial

 Her pregnancy has already played a role in effecting her court proceedings and accommodations – and the birth of her son could further impact the highly anticipated trial

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes arrives at the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building to attend a federal court hearing in San Jose in May

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes arrives at the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building to attend a federal court hearing in San Jose in May

Caroline Polisi, a federal white-collar criminal defense attorney, said in the podcast The Dropout: Elizabeth Holmes on Trial that ‘the fact that she is a young, new mother’ will help Holmes during sentencing.

‘Right or wrong, that is going to have a bearing on the jury’s perception of her. Those types of things actually play a really large role in trials, even though they’re not supposed to,’ she said.

She added: ‘Not only is that going to help her in her trial, but it will really help her in the event that she is convicted.’  

Jose Baez, a defense attorney famous for representing Casey Anthony, told the podcast that he thinks the birth of the baby could backfire on Holmes.

‘I really think that could backfire because once a juror feels that one side is trying to manipulate them over another, they’re not going to like it,’ he said.  

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