Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor arrested

Taylor faces a charge of aggravated assault
Taylor

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor remained in the Clarke County Jail on Tuesday evening after an arrest in the early morning hours on a charge of felony aggravated assault/family violence.

No announcement about Taylor’s status on the Bulldogs’ team was expected Tuesday, an athletic department spokesman said. Taylor’s second arrest this off-season put his future with the program in jeopardy.

Police determined that Taylor was the “primary aggressor” in a domestic violence incident at McWhorter Hall with his girlfriend, according to University of Georgia police chief Jimmy Williamson.

UGA police and emergency medical services personnel were dispatched at 2:47 a.m. to meet a possible victim at Busbee Hall. The call came from a male friend of the victim. Police met with the victim and her friend at Busbee.

There was evidence that the victim had been “possibly strangled by the offender,” in the incident in Taylor’s dorm room, Williamson said. The victim and Taylor got into an argument at McWhorter Hall and she told police he “physically assaulted her,” according to the police incident report. Officers determined an established relationship with Taylor and the victim, who police said had been living together for several weeks.

The victim is a UGA student not enrolled in summer school.

The police report said the victim had “visible scratches and red marks to her neck and bruises on her arm and leg.”

The reporting officer wrote he determined that Taylor “had offensively used his hands to choke her and had also struck her several times with a closed fist.”

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Taylor was placed under arrest at 4:45 a.m. and booked into the Clarke County Jail at 6:08 a.m.

Williamson said the aggravated assault charge is based on new wording in laws dealing with strangulation.

Taylor will have to go before a judge, who will determine bond in the case, Williamson said.

A senior UGA athletic administrator met with Williamson around 8 a.m., presumably to gather information on the case.

Taylor was one of four players arrested in March on theft by deception charges for “double-dipping” student stipend checks issued by the UGA Athletic Association by cashing or depositing the funds twice.

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