Mark Taylor back in court, facing assault charge


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

PADUCAH, Ky. - A local convicted murderer is back in court, this time facing an assault charge stemming from an incident with an employee while in jail.

Back in January, a jury recommended life without parole for Mark Taylor, who was convicted of murder and kidnapping in the 2010 death of 21-year-old CaSondra Evrard.

Lawyers for Taylor argued that he believed Evrard, his daughter's friend, set up his daughter to be raped.

Taylor was also charged with Tampering with Evidence, for which the jury recommended the maximum sentence of five years.

Taylor now faces a charge of 3rd Degree Assault on a Corrections Employee. The charge stems from an incident with a nurse on Christmas Day 2010.

After nearly three hours, a jury consisting of five men and eight women was seated. Opening arguments have begun and the prosecution plans to call several jail employees to testify during the afternoon.

Taylor could face one to five years behind bars of convicted of the assault charge.