Discussion in 'Trials' started by DropthePuck, Oct 5, 2016.
UPDATE: WV. Governor signs "Emmaleigh's Law" to increase child abuse penalties
I am so happy when penalties are increased for these grotesque crimes.
Trial date set for man accused of sexually assaulting and killing infant - November 1, 2017
Trial in Ripley infant death case delayed until June
A pre-trial hearing was held yesterday
Trial delayed for man in Jackson County accused of sexually assaulting, killing baby
Judge appoints new attorney in Jackson County infant death case
Update: Status hearing set for Benjamin Taylor
A status hearing is scheduled July 26 before Circuit Court Judge Craig Tatterson, with the newly-appointed attorney for murder suspect Benjamin Taylor, at which time a new trial and pre-trial hearing date is to be set.
Update: Benjamin Taylor trial now set for December
Is this going in front of a jury? I’ll be praying for those folks if so. Not at all the kind of crime you want to be confronted with in graphic detail before going home at night to see your loved ones and kids. :/
Jury selection is scheduled to get underway at Jackson County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. and may take all of Tuesday. Opening statements in the trial could start as early as Wednesday.
High-profile Jackson County trial scheduled to begin Tuesday - WV MetroNews
Taylor trial: Investigators say crime scene limited to small area - WV MetroNews
RIPLEY, W.Va. — A Jackson County man accused in the murder of a 10-month-old girl in 2016 was arrested 95 minutes after the crime was reported, jurors learned in day two of the trial Thursday in Ripley.
Prosecutors called several investigators to the stand who were on the scene the night Benjamin Taylor, 33, of Cottageville, allegedly sexually assaulted Emmaleigh Barringer. She died a few days later. He’s charged with murder and sexual assault.
Here's coverage of the trial including archived details on prior hearings. The trial resumes at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday). Still to come is DNA evidence and jail phone call records from Taylor.
UPDATE | Recap of day 2 of trial for baby's murder/sexual assault
From that link:
UPDATE 3/14/19 @ 6:10 a.m.
Most of the officers had consistent memories of that day and the crime scene. They mentioned how hysterical Adkins was on scene, and how Taylor kept lifting up his shirt to show the officers he had dried blood on his chest and torso, but didn't know where it came from.
Body camera footage and audio recordings of Taylor were shown as evidence in court Thursday. Pictures of the crime scene were also displayed, and a member of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, who evaluated the crime scene, testified. He said processing the scene took several hours.
The defense attorney for Taylor, Tim Rosinsky, has been consistent in saying his client has been falsely accused. He said the investigation should not have just been focused on Taylor, saying investigators should have interviewed neighbors.
Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded, "This particular crime scene didn't involve what you called the neighborhood. Matter of fact, it is was even more restrictive than the residence itself. It was more restricted than just one level of the residence; it was restricted to one room and particularly one area of that room."
UPDATE 3/14/19 @ 12:30 a.m.
Emmaleigh’s mother, Amanda Adkins woke up that morning and began looking for Taylor. She found him with no shirt on and unbuttoned jeans and Emmaleigh was lying in a pile of blankets on the floor.
"I asked him what he was doing, he said he was drying her off. I asked him why he was drying her off at 5 o'clock in the morning,” Adkins said.
She noticed there was something wrong with the girl's face and asked him what happened and he told her he didn’t know.
The defendant’s lawyer agreed that what happened to the baby is horrible, but said that Taylor is innocent.
“But it's also tough to think that you're being accused of it when you didn't do it,” he said.
UPDATE 3/13/19 @ 12:07 p.m.
Then, Taylor's lawyer spoke and kept reiterating to the jury what happened to Emmaleigh is terrible, but Taylor has been falsely accused.
UPDATE 8/31/17 @ 6:25 p.m.
Defense attorneys argued that phone records including text messages, social media posts and Internet searches should be thrown out. They said the prosecution "characterizes" and "makes assumptions" about the evidence that the defense attorneys feel will damage the jury. They argued that the state elaborates too much on the phone records (i.e. calling the Internet searches "graphic") and that it will confuse and taint the jury.
Attorneys also argued about several search warrants including those of the apartment, Taylor's clothing and his person. The defense said investigators lacked probable cause, while the prosecutors argued that probable cause was there.
UPDATE 10/12/16 @ 11:45 a.m.
The mother testified that she and Taylor had smoked marijuana and drank alcohol that night, according to court records.
The deputy testified Taylor didn't appear to be overly intoxicated when he got to the scene.
The medical examiner who performed the autopsy says a skull fracture was the cause of death.
ORIGINAL STORY 10/4/16
Deputies then spoke with Taylor, who initially said he didn't know how the injuries happened.
After being read his Miranda rights, Taylor said he took the infant to the basement of the house to do laundry earlier that evening.
When deputies questioned Taylor on how the infant received her injuries again, Taylor said he "blacked out" and didn't know how they happened.
The third day of Benjamin Taylor's murder trial is set to begin 9am Friday.
Defense Rests, Benjamin Taylor Takes Stand in Rape & Murder Trial
Taylor testifies in Jackson infant sex assault, murder case
More at the link. So this guy and his lawyer seem to think that drinking to the point of blacking out will mitigate the crime.
Was Emmaleigh's mother aware of Taylor's drinking problem? All his ex-girlfriends and his own mother apparently were. Grr.
YES!!! FOUND GUILTY!!!!
Benjamin Taylor Found Guilty of Rape & Murder of Emmaleigh Barringer
Wow, that was fast!! Glad he was found guilty.
Jackson County man convicted in Emmaleigh Barringer's death - WV MetroNews
Good. I'm glad the jury saw through his "I blacked out so I don't know what happened" excuse.
Ripley, site of the last public hanging in WV.