Testimony underway in Mark Taylor trial


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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. -  A jury has been seated and testimony has begun in the Mark Taylor murder trial.

In opening statements, the jury learned more on the background of this case.

The state says Mark Taylor's daughter, Jasmine, was found wandering the streets out of sorts after a Friday night party she had attended with three young men. Although CaSondra Evrard was not at that party, Taylor was convinced she had something to do with what had happened to his daughter. The state said Taylor then lured Evrard to his home where he stabbed and beat her to death.

Taylor's team told the jury it was true that Evrard was "senselessly and brutally killed," but Taylor was not the mastermind. The state told the jury Taylor had already talked to two of the young men Jasmine had been with that night, and even tracked a third one down at work. Taylor, not getting the answers he wanted from the young men, became fixated on Evrard, according to the state.

The jury also heard from the victim's mother and investigators before recessing for lunch.

Taylor faces the death penalty if he is convicted on charges of murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence. The charges stem from the death of CaSondra Evrard in December 2010.

Earlier story:

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - A group of people will be narrowed down to 12 jurors plus four alternates before testimony finally gets underway in the Mark Taylor trial.

Last week, the jurors went through two phases of questioning as a pool of 200 were reduced to the current 37.

The judge took the extra step because Taylor is eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

The trial is expected to last up to three weeks.