Boxer Tay­lor faces charges af­ter dis­pute

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - RYAN TARINELLI In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was con­trib­uted by John Lynch and Brandon Mul­der of the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette.

Boxer Jer­main Tay­lor was ar­rested early Tues­day morn­ing over a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance with his girl­friend, au­thor­i­ties said, mark­ing an­other in­ci­dent in a string of le­gal trou­bles for the 38-yearold for­mer cham­pion.

Maumelle po­lice were called at around 2:41 a.m. to 108 Lily Drive on a re­port of a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance in progress, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Po­lice Depart­ment. Prop­erty records show Tay­lor owns the res­i­dence on Lily Drive.

At the front door of the res­i­dence, po­lice found Tay­lor and his girl­friend, Ash­ley White, 28, who told au­thor­i­ties an ar­gu­ment be­tween them had turned phys­i­cal, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port. She told au­thor­i­ties the ar­gu­ment be­gan over past prob­lems in their re­la­tion­ship, the po­lice re­port said. White told po­lice she has been in a re­la­tion­ship with Tay­lor since De­cem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port, Tay­lor dam­aged White’s phone dur­ing the ar­gu­ment so she would not be able to no­tify au­thor­i­ties.

The cou­ple then wres­tled on the floor and Tay­lor bit White on her left arm and face, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. White said she got away and tried to run from the res­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment state­ment.

Tay­lor charged af­ter her, but she sprayed him with pep­per spray, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. The re­port states that Tay­lor chased her down the street and said he would kill her.

Tay­lor was the one who called Maumelle po­lice to re­port the in­ci­dent.

“There’s a woman in my house, she won’t leave,” he is heard say­ing on a record­ing of the 911 call.

He called White crazy and said she was run­ning through the neigh­bor­hood.

“She’s hol­ler­ing, she’s hol­ler­ing at my neigh­bors,” Tay­lor told a 911 op­er­a­tor.

Tay­lor said on the record­ing that his son was in the house and was scared. He also said he wanted White away from his life, ac­cord­ing to the record­ing.

Of­fi­cers saw bite marks on White, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment from the Po­lice Depart­ment. Tay­lor told po­lice that he never hit White or dam­aged her phone. White did not ac­cept med­i­cal treat­ment for her in­juries, the re­port said.

Tay­lor was charged with first-de­gree ter­ror­is­tic threat­en­ing, a felony, and two mis­de­meanor charges — third-de­gree do­mes­tic bat­tery and in­ter­fer­ence with emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to court records, Tay­lor’s wife, Lutza Gayot Tay­lor, filed a com­plaint for sep­a­rate main­te­nance from the boxer last month. The cou­ple were mar­ried in Au­gust 2016 but sep­a­rated in May of this year, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, Tay­lor’s phys­i­cal abuse forced his wife “to leave the mar­i­tal home without any money or a ve­hi­cle.” Court records show Tay­lor was served with the no­tice at his Lily Drive res­i­dence on July 10.

Tay­lor is a for­mer Olympian and for­mer box­ing cham­pion who has also been in­ducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Tues­day’s in­ci­dent is not the first time Tay­lor has faced crim­i­nal charges in re­cent years.

In 2015, Tay­lor avoided a trial by plead­ing guilty to nine felony charges for shoot­ing his cousin, punch­ing an­other man and threat­en­ing a fam­ily by fir­ing a gun. For the nine felony charges, Tay­lor re­ceived a sixyear sus­pended sen­tence that in­cluded drug test­ing and 120 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

The felony charges were re­lated to three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in­volv­ing Tay­lor that oc­curred be­tween late Au­gust 2014 and mid-May 2015.

In the first of those in­ci­dents, Tay­lor pleaded guilty to wound­ing his cousin in a shoot­ing that oc­curred in Au­gust 2014. His cousin, Ty­rone DaWayne Hin­ton, filed a civil law­suit in Au­gust 2015, seek­ing com­pen­satory and puni­tive dam­ages for “sub­stan­tial med­i­cal bills.”

Last month, Tay­lor did not ap­pear at a hear­ing re­lated to Hin­ton’s law­suit, with Tay­lor’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives telling Pu­laski County Cir­cuit Judge Chris Pi­azza that the boxer was in Florida with no money and no in­ten­tion of mak­ing it to the hear­ing, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

A cir­cuit judge had pre­vi­ously al­lowed Tay­lor to move to Florida so he could get back into box­ing shape.

In the sec­ond in­ci­dent he pleaded guilty to, Tay­lor fired a weapon and ter­ror­ized a fam­ily in Jan­uary 2015, just af­ter Lit­tle Rock’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day pa­rade, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Tay­lor also pleaded guilty to the third in­ci­dent, in which he punched Ja­son Con­don in May 2015 while they were en­rolled in a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram to­gether.

Last year, Con­don filed a law­suit against Tay­lor and the com­pany that runs the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter, seek­ing dam­ages for in­juries and med­i­cal ex­penses, among other com­plaints.

Muskie Har­ris, an in­ter­ven­tion spe­cial­ist, tes­ti­fied in sup­port of Tay­lor last year and said Tues­day that the boxer’s so­cial liv­ing skills are low and need to be re­de­vel­oped.

“I’m al­ways go­ing to stand in his cor­ner,” said Har­ris, who be­gan work­ing with Tay­lor af­ter the shoot­ing in 2014.

Cir­cuit Judge Leon John­son warned Tay­lor last year that he could send the boxer to prison for break­ing the law or oth­er­wise vi­o­lat­ing the terms of his sen­tence.


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