A Martinez woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday after being convicted of killing her roommate last year.
A Columbia County jury convicted Yvette Taylor, 47, of felony murder, but acquitted her on a malice murder charge in connection to the February 2012 death of Theodore Crew, 63.
Superior Court Judge Carl. C Brown Jr. sentenced Taylor to life in prison without the possibility of parole because he believed she is a threat to the community.
The trial began Wednesday and jurors deliberated nearly four hours before the verdict Friday afternoon.
Taylor called 911 early Feb. 11, 2012, stating 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.
Dr. Daniel Brown, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner, testified Thursday 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.
During a videotaped interview with investigators, Taylor repeatedly denied any involvement in Crew’s death.
“We believe (Taylor) is a threat to the community,” District Attorney Ashley Wright said as she asked for life without the possibility of parole at the sentencing hearing following the verdict. “We believe that’s the only way to protect the community from (Taylor).”
Taylor’s attorney, Amanda Morris, said a pre-trial psychological evaluation showed Taylor is schizophrenic.
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 the defense presented no evidence or witnesses.
The arrest for Crew’s death was not the first murder charge Taylor faced. In 1992, she was charged with murder in the death of her 22-year-old brother, Jerry Taylor. In February 1991, authorities found Taylor, then 25, kneeling over her brother’s body in their home. She told investigators they were fighting over a gun when it when it accidentally went off, according to The Augusta Chronicle archives. Her brother had been shot three times in the right eye.
Just prior to trial, Taylor pled to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Taylor was arrested again in 2004 for aggravated assault after 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 because of Taylor’s long-time pattern of aggression.