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Murder trial expected to conclude Friday

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Yvette Taylor vehemently denied killing her roommate last year in a videotaped interview played for jurors Thursday as testimony ended in her murder trial.

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Defense attorney Amanda Morris (left), Yvette Taylor and Judge Carl C. Brown stand as the jury enters the courtroom on the second day of Taylor's trial. Taylor, 47, is charged with murder in the death of her roommate, Theodore Crew, 63.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Defense attorney Amanda Morris (left), Yvette Taylor and Judge Carl C. Brown stand as the jury enters the courtroom on the second day of Taylor's trial. Taylor, 47, is charged with murder in the death of her roommate, Theodore Crew, 63.


Taylor, 47, was charged with murder in connection to the February 2012 death of Theodore Crew, 63.

The prosecution played Taylor’s interview with Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigators for the jury. Despite heated exchanges, Taylor repeatedly denied killing Crew.

“I don’t have anything to hide,” Taylor told investigators hours after Crew died. “I didn’t kill him.”

Taylor called 911 the morning of Feb. 11, 2012, staying her “friend was dead.”

Crew was found nude inside the bathroom of his home in Applecross Apartments. Blood was found on a chair and on the floor and walls in the living room and on the floor and walls of the hallway to the bathroom. The bathroom floor, where Crew was found, was wet with water and bleach, but little blood.

Taylor initially told investigators that she left the apartment she shared with Crew about 1 a.m. and spent the night at her mother’s nearby home. She said she found Crew dead in the bathroom several hours later.

Dr. Daniel Brown, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner, testified that Crew died from multiple sharp and blunt force traumas. He had numerous cuts to his face, neck arms and hands and blunt force injuries that resulted in lacerations to his head. Crew also suffered several fractured ribs and bruises, including a black eye.

After her arrest, jailers said Taylor spoke about the incident in the Columbia County Detention Center.

“‘I cut him, I admit that, but I didn’t kill him,’” Deputy April March said Taylor told her during a smoke break at the jail. “‘I asked him if he wanted me to take him to the hospital because he freaked me out. He said he had it and went back to the bathroom.’”

Neighbors testified Wednesday that they heard cursing, grunting, and scuffling noises coming from Taylor’s apartment.

Taylor opted not to testify and her defense attorney, Amanda Morris, presented no evidence.

Closing arguments and jury deliberations are expected to begin Friday.


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