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Defense uses prosecution witnesses to further its theory in death of foster child

Staff Report • Oct 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a Morristown Citizen Tribune report, the defense in the first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse trial of Morristown bodybuilder Ken Taylor on Wednesday used prosecution witnesses to advance the defense’s theory of the case.A female paramedic apparently surprised District Attorney General C. Berkeley Bell Jr. when she testified she believes Taylor allegedly killed his former foster child, 16-year-old Jordan Caleb Shelton, by accident.A Department of Children’s Services investigator appeared oblivious to departmental regulations that allow foster parents — under certain circumstances — to use force to restrain aggressive foster children. Taylor’s defense attorney, Herbert Moncier, utilized another prosecution witness, a Cocke County special-education teacher, to show Shelton allegedly was unmanageably defiant, and had leveled threats against teachers before he was expelled.Read the full report at the Morristown Citizen Tribune's web site.

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