Three arraigned on murder charges linked to a cold case

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Three more people are arraigned in Bell County Circuit Court on murder charges linked to a cold case.

Police have put four people in handcuffs for the murder of William Taylor of Frakes, an elderly man that was found beaten and later died from his injures in 2008.

Family members say they are relieved to see the people accused of killing their father stand before a judge.

Deborah Partin, Candy Maiden, and Brian Hatfield all pleaded not guilty to the murder of 91 year old William Taylor.

Taylor's children stood just a few feet away from the people accused of taking their dad's life.

"We want justice done to the people of Frakes... we know they don't want to worry about the people that did this to Dad being loose in the neighborhood," said Warren Taylor.

Sharon Hatfield came to court to watch her son get arraigned. She says Brian Hatfield had nothing to do with the beating and he would never hurt anyone. She mourns for the Taylor family, but says police caught the wrong man.

"I'm deeply sorry. I can't imagine the pain you feel...but I know my son. I can't see him doing this... I can't," said Hatfield.

She fears her son will not get a fair trial because the case has gotten so much attention.

In the meantime, the Taylor family is just glad the case is no longer cold.

The four will be back in court in January.

Jeremiah Evans also pleaded not guilty in the case a little more than two weeks ago.

Police say this is still an on going investigation.

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