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Defendant Convicted of Attempted Murder,
Domestic Violence Assaults

DATE:  February 2, 2017

CASE:  Arthur Taylor (Case #14F07333)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Allison Dunham, Domestic Violence Unit

Arthur Taylor was convicted by a jury of attempted murder with use of a knife causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, domestic violence with personal use of a deadly weapon, and domestic violence with use of a knife causing great bodily injury.

On June 22, 2014, Taylor became angry when the victim told him she wanted to end their relationship. When Taylor took the victim’s wallet, the victim struggled to get it back.  Taylor then grabbed a crowbar from his car and hit the victim over her head, causing a laceration to the back of her head.  While two warrants were issued by the District Attorney’s Office for Taylor’s arrest another incident occurred.  On October 11, 2014, Taylor accused the victim of cheating on him. The victim again told Taylor she wanted to end the relationship.  This time, Taylor grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim more than 20 times all over her body.  The victim begged for her life and eventually played dead.  A neighbor heard the victim’s screams and called 911.  Taylor fled the scene before officers arrived.  Family members reported Taylor was staying in Riverside County.  When Riverside County deputies tried to get Taylor out of the house, a 10-hour standoff ensued with a Riverside S.W.A.T.  Taylor eventually came out of the house after tear gas was deployed.

Taylor has three prior strike convictions.  In 1981, he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for stabbing his brother to death.  In 1989, he was convicted of battery with serious bodily injury.  In 1992, he was convicted of domestic violence with great bodily injury for stabbing his ex-wife.

Taylor faces a maximum sentence of 52 years to life in prison.  Sentencing is set for March 2, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 29 before the Honorable Timothy Frawley.


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