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Judge Hears Motions Before Jasmine Taylor Trial
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - McCracken Circuit Judge Craig Clymer will decide in the next few weeks on several motions related to Jasmine Taylor's murder trial in June, as the final defendant involved in the death of CaSondra Evrard.
Taylor's defense attorneys, Will Kautz and David Bundrick, argued motions in front of Clymer on Friday, saying that a jury should be able to decide whether the kidnapping charge was related to the murder charge. Defense attorneys were unable to do this in her father Mark's trial, and he was convicted of capital kidnapping because it resulted in Evrard's death. He was also convicted of murder and tampering with evidence.
Another motion made related to restrictions of evidence or phrases by Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Raymond McGee. These include theories that might differ fom those in Mark Taylor's trial, since they are co-defendants. The Paducah Sun reports McGee argued that since Mark and his wife Jamie gave conflicting testimonies, it should be allowed. Another motion asked for McGee to be restricted from using the word "excuse" when referring to Taylor's defense - extreme emotional disturbance.
Jamie Taylor pled guilty to murder, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence in December, and was sentenced life in prison. Four other people pleaded guilty to complicity to kidnapping In relation to Evrard's death on December 10, 2010.
Published 10:12 PM, Saturday Mar. 09, 2013
Updated 09:45 PM, Monday Mar. 11, 2013