Columbia County Magistrate Court ruled at a Tuesday morning hearing that there is enough evidence against Yvette Taylor, 47, to continue prosecuting her in Superior Court.
Taylor was arrested Feb. 11 in connection with the death of Theodore Crew.
She initially told police that she left the apartment she shared with Crew about 1 a.m. and returned seven hours later to find Crew unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Taylor, who neighbors knew as Candice, was Crew’s friend and caregiver.
“She claimed she went over and spent the night with her mother and her aunt,” Columbia County sheriff’s Sgt. Harold Clack testified at the hearing.
Taylor’s mother and aunt, who live in an apartment across the Applecross Apartments complex, initially said Taylor spent the night but later recanted and told investigators that she arrived that morning with a box cutter and a bag of bloody clothes.
Clack said deputies found the items behind a fence in a wooded area behind the complex.
Deputies responding to the apartment initially found an overturned plastic lawn chair with blood on and around it and a trail of blood leading to the bathroom.
Crew was found lying nude on the bathroom floor, which also was covered in blood, and his clothes were in the bathtub. Clack also said there was a strong bleach smell.
Crew had a large gash to his face and another on his arm. He died from a combination of blunt and sharp force trauma, according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.
Some neighbors, whose apartment abuts Taylor’s, said they heard loud noises coming from her apartment early that morning including grumbling and what sounded like someone moving something heavy across the floor.
After her arrest, Taylor told two jailers, “I cut him,” according to Clack. “She said she was in an abusive relationship.”
Clack said Taylor was Crew’s caregiver and had told neighbors that “she was tired of cleaning up after him and things like that.”
Taylor is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.
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 a total of eight years, from 1993 to 1996 and again from 1998 to 2002.