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Man pleads guilty in connection to 2008 murder

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - One of four suspects accused of killing an elderly Bell County man four years ago has pleaded guilty.

Jeremiah Charles Evans admitted his role in the death of 91 year old William Taylor.

Police say Taylor was found beaten at his home in Frakes in January of 2008. He later died of his injuries.

Jeremiah Evans maintains he did not kill Taylor in January of 2008. Evans does admit he drove the truck to the home for the other three suspects charged in the murder case.

"He was at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. He very much regrets whatever he did," said Lowell Lundy, Defense Attorney.

Evans accepted a plea deal. His murder charge was reduced to facilitation to commit murder. He pleaded guilty to the facilitation charge and a persistent felony offender charge.

Evans is expected to testify against the other three suspects.

Taylor's family, who has sought justice for years, agreed to the plea deal.

"It's a start. Every journey begins with one step," said Warren Taylor, the victim's son.

Evans will be sentenced on January 7th. He faces up to ten years in prison. The Commonwealth's Attorney did not recommend a sentence.

The murder trial for Candy Maiden, Deborah Partin, and Brian Hatfield was scheduled to start on Tuesday but after Evans' guilty plea, the trial was re-scheduled for January 15th.


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