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Columbia County jury convicts woman of killing roommate

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Yvette Taylor talks to her attorney, Amanda Morris, as District Attorney Ashley Wright gives her closing remarks to the jury in Judge Carl Brown's court. Yvette Taylor, 47, is charged with murder in connection with the February 2012 death of Theodore Crew, 63.
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 2:52 PM
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A Martinez woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for killing her roommate last year.

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Yvette Taylor talks to her attorney, Amanda Morris, as District Attorney Ashley Wright gives her closing remarks to the jury in Judge Carl Brown's court. Yvette Taylor, 47, is charged with murder in connection with the February 2012 death of Theodore Crew, 63.    JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Yvette Taylor talks to her attorney, Amanda Morris, as District Attorney Ashley Wright gives her closing remarks to the jury in Judge Carl Brown's court. Yvette Taylor, 47, is charged with murder in connection with the February 2012 death of Theodore Crew, 63.


A Columbia County jury convicted Yvette Taylor, 47, of felony murder in the February 2012 death of Theodore Crew, 63. She was acquitted on a malice murder charge.

Superior Court Judge Carl. C Brown Jr. sentenced Taylor to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“We believe (Taylor) is a threat to the community,” Dis­trict Attorney Ashley Wright said as she asked for the sentence. “We believe that’s the only way to protect the community from (Taylor).”

The trial began Wednes­day, and jurors deliberated nearly four hours before the verdict Friday.

Police were notified about Crew’s death Feb. 11, 2012, when Taylor called 911, saying her “friend was dead.”

Crew was found nude in the bathroom of his home in Apple­cross Apartments. Blood was found on and around a chair 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 had little blood.

Dr. Daniel Brown, a Geor­gia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner, testified that Crew died from multiple sharp and blunt force traumas.

During a videotaped interview with investigators, Taylor repeatedly denied involvement in Crew’s death.

Taylor’s attorney, Amanda Morris, said a pre-trial psychological evaluation showed she is schizophrenic.

Deputy April March testified that Taylor spoke about the incident in the Columbia County Detention Center, telling the jailer that, “I cut him, I admit that, but I didn’t kill him.”

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

Taylor opted not to testify, and the defense presented no evidence or witnesses.

In 1992, Taylor was charged with murder in the death of her 22-year-old brother, Jerry Taylor. Authorities found Taylor, then 25, kneeling over his body in their home. She told investigators they were fighting over a gun when it accidentally fired, according to Augusta Chronicle archives. Her brother was shot three times in the right eye.

Just before trial, Taylor pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Taylor was arrested again in 2004 on an aggravated assault charge, accused of attacking her roommate in Har­lem with a broken beer bottle. Though he sustained injuries, the case wasn’t prosecuted at the victim’s request.

Wright said she asked for the maximum penalty Friday because of Taylor’s long-time pattern of aggression.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/08/13 - 08:09 pm
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Early Release

I guess she'll be out in seven or eight years, depending on the jail crowding. Any bets on whether she will be heavier or lighter when she leaves the women's penitentiary?

griff6035
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griff6035 02/08/13 - 09:56 pm
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Sentence

Life WITHOUT the possibility of parole!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/09/13 - 09:11 am
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Judge Brown.

Judge Brown.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/09/13 - 09:13 am
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For every
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scumbag killer taken off of the streets, there are hundreds of thousands more deserving of the same punishment--or worse.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/09/13 - 09:13 am
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Bets on the sentence if she is white, attractive,
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abused as a child and in an abusive male/female relationship. Bingo. She has known mental problems, she's killed before and the court system keeps on "rolling along". The court system is overwhelmed because they keep doing the same cases over and over and over. Repeat offenders are avoidable. Efficiency is the handling of antisocial persons is achievable.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/09/13 - 09:15 am
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She presented no defense?
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Why did her attorney not take a plea? There is more to this that meets the eye.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/09/13 - 10:19 am
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The point here is that she

The point here is that she shot her brother 3 times 20 years ago and was allowed to plea guilty to involuntary manslaughter which led to her being loose on the public again. She should have been given life without parole the FIRST time. Now another person has had to die. You want to stop murders.....put criminals in jail and keep them there. Until you can at least do that, quit whiing because I own guns. I own guns because you keep letting people like this out of jail.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/09/13 - 10:28 am
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Release

Notice, griff, that I was talking about early release. It has nothing to do with parole. Early release is sometimes invoked when federal judges deem state prisons overcrowded. Georgia's are. She will be a candidate for early release sometime, you just watch.

Guntoter 2
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Guntoter 2 02/09/13 - 04:16 pm
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@dichotomy 110% agreed.

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