Family of Calloway County man ‘in shock’ over his alleged murder

CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY — The family of a Calloway County man found dead in a home near Murray, Kentucky, say they are in shock after a woman was arrested in connection to his death.

Wednesday, the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office received word of a possible body inside a home on Heather Lane, east of Murray. Inside, deputies found the body of 56-year-old Jimmie Craig Taylor Jr.

Overnight, authorities arrested 54-year-old Tammy Allen in Jackson, Tennessee, on one count of murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence. As of Thursday, she was being held in Tennessee pending an extradition hearing.

Calloway County Sheriff Sam Steger explained that if Allen waives the hearing, she can be brought back to Calloway County fairly quickly. If she doesn’t, the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office can seek a governor’s warrant to bring her to Kentucky.

“I’ve got two deputies that are in Tennessee working with those authorities, and then we have quite a bit of stuff going on here in Murray that we’re working on,” said Steger.

The sheriff said deputies are still investigating a motive. They are also waiting for autopsy results to learn Taylor’s cause of death.

“We’ll be comparing what we have at the scene with what the autopsy results show and what our witnesses, our potential witnesses, have to say, and we’ll be combining all that together,” Steger said.

Taylor’s family reached out to Local 6 Thursday afternoon, saying he “was the loving father of one son and one granddaughter, and brother of two sisters and one brother.” Taylor worked as a machinist, the family said.

“All of us, we’re in shock,” the family told Local 6. “We go from crying to sitting, not knowing what to do.”

According to Taylor’s family, he and Allen were once married. They then divorced, but had recently gotten back together, Taylor’s family said.

The family is still working on funeral arrangements.

“Any murder investigation is hard to deal with,” Steger said. “We don’t want to see anybody lose their life no matter what the situation.”

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