Originally created 08/12/02

Gas station shooting kills man



An Augusta man recently paroled from prison was gunned down in front of customers at an Augusta convenience store early Sunday, a killing the victim's father says was revenge for his son's testimony in a 2000 murder trial.

Marcus Dewayne Taylor, a 28-year-old father of five, was shot just after midnight in the parking lot of Citgo Gas at 15th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, police said.

A man wearing black clothing walked up to Mr. Taylor and shot him in the head and then fired several more times into his chest, according to police.

"There's absolutely no doubt that he was targeted," said Sgt. Scott Peebles of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. "It was premeditated. He was shot at least four times."

Police say the shooting happened as customers pumped gas and shopped inside the store. No arrests had been made as of Sunday.

The victim's father, Willie Taylor, heard about the shooting Saturday night and rushed to the store.

"I got down there, and he was laying on the ground with a bullet to the head," his father said.

Mr. Taylor said his son testified in a 2000 murder trial involving a drive-by shooting on Eighth Avenue that claimed the life of an 83-year-old woman.

"A lot of people are saying that it's related to that," he said.

The younger Mr. Taylor had served two years of a seven-year sentence for cocaine possession and was paroled in May. He had found employment with a local moving company.

When he wasn't staying at his girlfriend's house, he lived with his aunt on Applejack Terrace. Mr. Taylor had five children, three with his girlfriend.

A cash reward is being offered in the case. People with information can call 821-1080 and can remain anonymous.

Reach Greg Rickabaugh at (706) 828-3851 or greg.rickabaugh@augustachronicle.com.