Jamie Taylor reveals chilling details of murder
McCracken County, KY- Taking a deep breath, Jamie Taylor took to the stand in McCracken Circuit Court Monday and prepared to tell her story. As her husband, Mark Taylor looked on, his life hanging in the balance, Jamie did not spare a single detail of December 10, 2010. It was the afternoon, she testified, they killed CaSondra Evrard.
Last month, Jamie Taylor took a plea deal that saved her life but sent her to prison without the possibility of parole for 20 years. Her husband is facing the death penalty. Mark Taylor is charged with the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old CaSondra Evrard. Investigators say Evrard was friends with the Taylor's daughter, Jasmine, who is also charged with murder.
"I lied to her and told her we were having a party for Jasmine," Taylor testified of how she was able to get Evrard to their home.
But at the time, she said, she and her husband were only interested in getting answers, and maybe 'scaring her' a little. Jasmine Taylor had recently been released from a mental health institution. Just a few days earlier she had been founded wandering the streets disoriented. She explained her behavior by telling her parents she had been raped and CaSondra was behind it, even charging a fee.
"We never meant to kill her," Jamie Taylor continued on, choking up with emotion.
But, Taylor testified, just as soon as Evrard slipped off her shoes, she grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into a back bedroom, pushing her into a Jacuzzi tub and firing off questions.
"Why did you sell our daughter out for a $100 a pop to be raped? Why did you drug our daughter? Y'all are supposed to be friends! What in the world made you do such a thing?" she recalled of the questions she asked.
Others testified Monday that never happened. A group of three men testified they had been at a party with Jasmine Taylor that night and all agreed she had been acting 'bizarre.' Taylor, one recounted, began dumping items out of her purse and giving them to party-goers, as well as taking items out of a bathroom medicine cabinet.
"It was strange behavior, even if she had drank, I thought it was weird behavior," Ricky Ort testified.
Another friend, Darren Wood said he was so worried about Jasmine he drove her home that night. All men- who testified they were homosexual- said they never touched Jasmine, let alone raped her. What’s more, all said, CaSondra Evrard had never been at the party and only one knew who she was.
Wood and Ort testified they went to the Taylor home to retrieve a lost cell phone and answer Mark Taylor's questions. Before leaving, Wood testified, Mark Taylor picked up a bucket of ammonia, shouting, "Did you get enough?"
Just a few days later, Jamie testified, her husband had shifted his attention to CaSondra Evrard. In that Jacuzzi tub, Taylor testified, she and her husband began to beat and cut Evrard with a hunting knife. When Jasmine appeared with a hammer, Taylor testified, her husband instead handed their daughter a knife and she cut Evrard across the wrist and stomach.
As the beating continued, so did the questioning. Still, Evrard maintained her innocence. Eventually, the state suggested, CaSondra Evrard told her attackers what they wanted to hear.
"I just looked at Mark like, 'This is crazy,' after she told us she had done (it) and Mark said it was too late," Taylor recounted.
And it was. Taylor told the jury she left the bathroom but when she returned CaSondra Evrard was lifeless. She said her husband had delivered a final, deadly blow with his hunting knife, "He said he stuck her like a pig."
She continued on saying her husband later loaded Evrard's body into a trashcan. Mark, Jamie said, wrapped the body in a tarp and left it at a dump site. She said he disposed of CaSondra's belongings and the knives used in the attack off the Brookport Bridge and burned whatever evidence was left in their backyard.
Testimony resumes at 8:30 Tuesday morning in McCracken Circuit Court.