Trial delayed in CaSondra Evrard murder case
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. — Thinking aloud Thursday afternoon, Circuit Judge Craig Clymer said, "It's the end of July. Sept. 10 is the trial date."
Just six weeks away, a date Carla Cruse has been waiting for. She has been waiting for justice and answers since her daughter, CaSondra Evrard, 21, was discovered murdered on Dec. 11, 2010.
She cried last October when the trial was delayed for Mark Taylor. Taylor faces charges of murder and tampering with evidence as does his wife, Jamie. Their daughter Jasmine, who was said to be friends with Evrard, is charged with murder.
As it turned out, the attorneys for Mark Taylor and Jasmine Taylor had connections to the case they were initially unaware of and they were excused. Jamie Taylor's lawyer also had to step down.
On Thursday, with three lawyers off the case, Cruse listened as lawyers once again argued for time.
"Right now, I do not have what I need," capital case specialist Craig Newbern told the court.
Paducah-based attorney Charlotte Scott has told the Department of Public Advocacy she would consider taking the case if she had more time.
"She doesn't ethically believe she could be ready to go forward in September if the case is death noticed," explained Tom Griffiths, directing attorney for the department.
Other absences were filled. Will Kautz will represent Jasmine Taylor and Carbondale-based Tim Capps will represent Jamie Taylor.
But it is Mark Taylor's trial that is fast approaching.
"I suppose it would be too risky to say we need to go forward with the trial," Clymer told the court.
In the end, the defense will have more time. Craig Newbern said it was not just the fate of Mark Taylor he was worried about but also Carla Cruse.
If things are rushed, Newbern said, an appeal could bring her right back to this courtroom.
"That's the last thing we want to do is cause the family more heartbreak."
For now, Charlotte Scott will be taking a closer look at the case. She will be in court Aug. 10. That is when it will likely be decided if she will take on the case and when the trial will be scheduled.
Also on Aug. 10, Judge Clymer will likely make a ruling on whether to move forward on Mark Taylor's other case. He is facing charges for assault on a jail employee.
No word tonight on when Jasmine or Jamie Taylor will face a jury trial. The court granted an order last week to sever, meaning mother and daughter will be tried separately.
Jamie Taylor's former attorney Len Ogden did appear at the day's hearing. He said he was willing to act as a voice for his client. He also told the court he wanted to clear the air about a complaint that had been filed against him. It is not known who filed the complaint or what it was in regards to, as it has not been made public record.