The prosecution finished their case on Thursday, concluding close to two weeks of testimony. One of their witnesses was Elaine Duvalle, who is one of William Taylor’s daughters.
During her testimony, Duvalle showed the jury, while using a layout of the Taylor house, where her and her siblings found Taylor’s guns on Feb. 2, 2008. She testified there was a handgun found in a hat and a rifle underneath the couch.
Earlier testimony from Kentucky State Police Det. Tyson Lawson states no gun was found when he and fellow police officers searched the house the night of the alleged assault on Taylor.
Duvalle testified no one touched the guns after they were found. She also took pictures of Taylor’s wounds while he was in the hospital. The images were shown to the jury.
Homer Cobb was the final witness for the commonwealth. Cobb testified he saw Taylor on Jan. 14, 2008. Cobb said Taylor was having phone problems at the time and needed to make phone calls.
During earlier testimony, several officers testified Taylor’s phone lines had been cut prior to his alleged assault.
During cross-examination, Cobb testified Taylor claimed he had been shot the night of the alleged assault.
Defense attorney Sam Cox, who represents Candy Maiden, opened the case for the defense. Cox called several individuals who were in jail with Candy Maiden to the stand. Each individual claimed to have associated with Maiden in some form.
“I think the world of Candy,” said Kristina Collette, one of the individuals who shared a cell with Candy Maiden.
Each individual testified that Maiden did not discuss her case with anyone in the cell they shared. Maiden was placed in a 16-person cell at Clay County Detention Center.
During earlier testimony, Tara Hatfield, who also was in a cell with Maiden, testified Maiden confessed to the alleged assault and murder of Taylor. The conversation allegedly happened while the two were in their respective bunks.
Each individual also testified Maiden and Hatfield did not have a relationship with each other in prison.
During cross-examination, the individuals who shared a cell with Maiden testified they didn’t know anything about the Taylor murder case.
Brent Flowers, who represents Brian Hatfield, called Dr. George Jerome Shaw to the stand. Shaw has expertise in emergency medicine. Shaw testified the injuries to Taylor’s head were done using a cylinder-type object.
Shaw testified the .22-caliber rifle and the wooden club, which were entered into evidence by the defense, could have been used during the assault.
During cross-examination, Shaw said he could not conclude exactly what was used to cause the injuries to Taylor.
Charles Marlow Jr. was the last defendant to testify for the defense Thursday. Marlow was incarcerated with Jeremy Evans in the days following the death of Taylor.
Marlow, who previously gave a statement to former KSP Det. Mitch Williams, testified Evans spoke to him about the Taylor murder case. According to his testimony, Marlow said Evans said he drove Lucas Maiden, Brian Hatfield and Candy Maiden to Taylor’s house the day of the alleged assault. Marlow said Evans took them to the house to get money to get a pill.
Marlow testified Evans did not say he took Candy Maiden to Taylor’s house the day of the alleged murder.
During cross-examination, Marlow testified Evans never said he committed the murder and never mentioned anything else about the case.
The defense will continue their case on today.
It is alleged Taylor was brutally beaten during the robbery at his home in the early morning hours of Jan. 15, 2008.
After the robbers fled, Taylor walked more than 100 yards to the nearest neighbor’s house for help.
Taylor was sent to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was initially admitted to Intensive Care. Taylor’s condition was briefly upgraded to stable before being downgraded. He died approximately one week after the attack.
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