Prosecutor challenges Taylor's innocence

Greg Taylor at the Innocence Commission three-judge hearing on Monday, February 9, 2010.

February 10, 2010 3:20:46 PM PST
Wake County Assistant District Attorney Tom Ford challenged Greg Taylor's testimony on the second day of a hearing before a three-judge panel that's listening to his claim of innocence.

Taylor, 47, claims he is not responsible for the September, 1991 murder of Raleigh prostitute Jacquetta Thomas, 26, whose body was found dumped on South Blount Street.

North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission found enough evidence while reviewing Taylor's case to warrant this week's hearing.

In his testimony, Taylor said he spent the night of September 25, 1991 drinking and doing drugs with friends while he drove around southeast Raleigh to buy crack cocaine. He claims he and a friend just happened to drive along a dirt path off the same cul de sac where Thomas's body was found. Taylor and the friend smoked crack, but the truck got stuck as they tried to drive away. They abandoned the truck and walked away.

When Taylor returned in the morning to get the truck, the police were already there.

Assistant District Attorney Ford - who helped convict Taylor nearly 17 years ago - questioned differences between Taylor's current testimony and his previous statements to police and attorneys on Wednesday.

Discrepencies included how much money Taylor had with him and what sort of tattoo a woman had.

Taylor admitted his memory differed, but insisted he didn't kill Thomas.

Also Wednesday, an expert in blood analysis said no blood was found on Taylor's truck, disputing trial court testimony that says otherwise.

Expert Tom Bevel testified that lab notes from an agent with the State Bureau of Investigation indicated important tests on two items from convicted killer Greg Taylor's truck showed no presence of blood. But the agent's formal lab report did not include that information - only that initial tests did show the presence of blood.

Bevel says the follow-up tests should have been included because of the potential for false-positives in the initial tests.

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