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Murder trial to conclude Friday

Posted: February 7, 2013 - 5:35pm  |  Updated: February 8, 2013 - 11:47am
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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 to the February 2012 death of Theodore Crew, 63.

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Photo by Jim Blaylock
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 to the February 2012 death of Theodore Crew, 63.

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Testimony is finished in the trial of a Martinez woman charged with murdering in roommate last year.


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


The trial began Wednesday and is expected to conclude Friday.


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


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


Taylor called 911 early 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 around it in the floor and walls in the living room and on the floor and walls down 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 at 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, Taylor spoke about the incident to jailers in the Columbia County Detention Center admitting a level of guilt in Crew’s death.


“‘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 on her own behalf and Amanda Morris, Taylor’s defense attorney, presented no evidence.


Jurors will return Friday morning to hear the attorney’s closing arguments and begin deliberations.

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