Defendant takes plea deal in murder case
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY- A woman facing murder charges for a crime prosecutors say she committed alongside her husband and teenage daughter has made a plea deal.
Jamie Taylor plead guilty to murder, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence Wednesday in McCracken Circuit Court. In return, she will spend life behind bars.
Taylor was charged nearly two years ago with the murder of CaSondra Evrard. Evrard, 21 was found dead December 11, 2010, just one day after she failed to report to work. Her body was dumped near a creek off Wilmington Road.
Jamie Taylor, if convicted, could have been sentenced to death. It means Wednesday's deal could have saved her life. But, it came at a price.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Raymond McGee tells Local 6 Jamie Taylor has agreed to testify against her daughter and husband, if called to the stand. Under the agreement, the defense could also use her as a witness.
Taylor's husband, Mark heads to trial January 2. He is charged with murder and tampering with evidence.
Their daughter, Jasmine is also charged with murder. She will not be eligible for the death penalty. Under state law, her IQ is too low to face capital punishment. Her trial is scheduled for March 18-29.
Jamie Taylor could be eligible for parole in 20 years.
Sheriff Jon Hayden tells Local 6 the victim's mother, Carla Cruse was part of a series of meetings with the Commonwealth. Cruse, he said, approved the offer.