Today, the twice convicted murderer, Earl Taylor, appeared before a Vigo County judge to learn his sentence for killing his first wife, Kathy.
Life in prison… No parole.
That sentence brings much joy to the family and friends of Kathy Taylor who’ve been waiting more than 40 years for this news. But, Earl Taylor’s defense team isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.
This could be Earl Taylor’s final walk in the halls of the Vigo County Courthouse. Wednesday, Judge John Roach sentenced Taylor to life in prison without parole for the 1975 murder of Kathy Taylor.
A guilty conviction isn’t unfamiliar territory for Taylor. He served 26 years in prison for the 1988 murder of his second wife Mindy Svedeba. He’d taken out life insurance policies on both women prior to their mysterious deaths.
“He’s going to have to pay for it now. And by doing that, he will not commit murder again and kill some other innocent woman again. That will be over,” Kathy’s sister Bonnie Dean said.
Although Dean says she feels blessed for the work of the prosecution team, her victim impact statement read before the court stated that if the justice system hadn’t failed in 1975, Mindy Svedeba would still be alive.
Because the Kathy Taylor case was featured on the show “Cold Justice,” defense attorney Dennis Majewski plans to file a motion to correct errors with a potentially biased jury.
“I’m talking about a national T.V. show acting as judge, jury, warden, prosecutor and in effect deciding this person’s guilt prior to trial,” he said.
Believing a jury unfamiliar with the show was chosen, this motion is one that both Bonnie Dean and the prosecution team aren’t worried about.
“We don’t agree with that argument. We feel that cold justice coming here and assisting with this helped ultimately with the charge being filed and it was a good resource, that’s our position on it,” prosecuting attorney Terry Modesitt said.
Taylor will remain in the Vigo County jail until the defense files the motion to correct errors which is expected to be next week. The court will then have 30 days to respond to the motion.
If the motion to correct errors is granted, the jusge could set aside the guilty verdict and grant a new trial.