TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a Terre Haute man accused of killing his first wife in 1975.
On Monday morning, jury selection was expected to start in the trial of 63-year-old Earl Taylor, the (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star reported. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the death of his first wife, Kathy Taylor, at their home in Terre Haute’s Cemar Estates subdivision.
Taylor was convicted in 1988 of killing his second wife, Mindy, whose body was recovered in 1987 from her submerged car in a pond. He was released from prison in January 2014, after serving 25 years of his 60-year sentence, and was arrested in July 2014 year following a renewed investigation into the death of his first wife.
The defense has raised concerns about pretrial publicity, including a national television program that featured Kathy Taylor’s homicide, which could make it difficult to find an impartial jury for Taylor’s trial.
The judge has taken the defense’s motion for a change of venue under advisement, noting that if an impartial jury can’t be selected in Vigo County, the court could seek other options, including moving the trial to another county. The judge recently denied a motion to sequester the jury during the trial.
The jury likely won’t hear statements about Taylor’s prior conviction for killing his second wife.
Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com
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