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Jury deciding if crime was committed when Morristown ex-bodybuilder choked 16-year-old foster son

Staff Report • Oct 15, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Nearly two years after 16-year-old Jordan Kaleb Shelton died at the hands of his foster father, Kenneth Wayne Taylor, a jury began deliberating Thursday on whether a crime was committed.

Taylor, 54, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in connection with the November 2007 killing, but that’s not the only option the jury will face.

According to a Morristown Citizen Tribune report, at the outset of the trial last week, Criminal Court Judge John F. Dugger Jr. said he will give the jury instructions that they could find Taylor guilty of all classes of homicide, down to an offense that carries the same penalty as theft over $500.

With respect to the aggravated child abuse charge, Dugger said he will instruct the jury that they may also consider attempted aggravated child abuse, aggravated assault, simple misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment.

Read the full report at the Morristown Citizen Tribune's Web site.

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