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DATE: October 14, 2016
CASE: Robert Taylor (Case #14F01407)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Casey Newton, Homicide Unit
Robert Taylor was convicted by a jury for the second-degree murder of Eric Pogue. The jury also found true the allegation that Taylor used a deadly weapon.
Eric Pogue was a resident at 4341 Fell Street in a transitional housing and independent living program. Robert Taylor was employed there as a live-in house manager. On February 9, 2014, Mr. Pogue returned to the Fell St. residence after the house curfew deadline. The house was locked and Mr. Pogue began yelling to be let inside. Mr. Pogue then walked into the backyard and broke one of the rear door windows in an attempt to gain entry. Taylor armed himself with a bat, confronted Mr. Pogue at the rear residence door, and hit him twice in the head with the bat. Taylor also struck Mr. Pogue on his side, which caused Mr. Pogue’s lung to partially collapse. Mr. Pogue was taken to UCD Medical Center, where he died.
Taylor originally told the Sacramento Police Department he thought Mr. Pogue was a burglar and did not know it was Mr. Pogue when he hit him with the bat. Later, Taylor acknowledged knowing it was Mr. Pogue before going outside to confront him and that he was upset about Mr. Pogue breaking the house windows.
Taylor faces a maximum potential sentence of 16 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for November 18, 2106, at 11:00 a.m. in Department 19 before the Honorable Patrick Marlette.
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