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Judge denies bond for suspect in Martinez slaying

Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 5:37 PM
Last updated 9:57 PM
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A judge denied bond Friday for a Martinez woman accused of killing her roommate.

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Yvette Taylor, 46, was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with murder in connection with the death of Theodore Crew, 62.

“I think she poses a threat to the community,” Superior Court Senior Judge Bernard J. Mulherin Sr. said at the bond hearing in Evans.

Taylor told Columbia County sheriff’s investigators that she left the apartment she shared with Crew about 1 a.m., briefly went to a neighbor’s home and spent the night with her mother. She said she returned about seven hours later to find Crew unresponsive on the bathroom floor.

Assistant District Attorney Sam Nicholson said investigators found blood on and around an overturned lawn chair in the living room and a “trail of blood led from the chair to the bathroom.”

Crew was naked in the fetal position on the bathroom floor, where there was more blood.

Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said Crew died from blunt force trauma but gave no indication of the weapon.

One of Taylor’s neighbors told investigators that she had seen Taylor on the verge of tears earlier that evening. Taylor allegedly told her that she and Crew were arguing and she was frustrated with being his caretaker.

The neighbor also said she heard sounds from Taylor’s apartment between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. “that sounded like someone was falling on the floor,” Nicholson said.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Taylor was previously incarcerated for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of her younger brother in Richmond County.

In February 1991, when she was 25, police found Taylor kneeling over her brother’s body in the kitchen. She told deputies at the time that they had been fighting over a gun when it accidentally went off, according to Augusta Chronicle archives.

Her brother, Jerry Taylor, 22, had been shot three times in the right eye.

She was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but served eight years from 1993 to 1996, and again from 1998 to 2002.


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