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Man pleads guilty to aggravated assault in crossbow attack on local TV weatherman

BECKY CAMPBELL, Johnson City Press • Feb 8, 2013 at 11:02 AM

A Johnson City man charged with shooting his ex-boyfriend with a crossbow pleaded guilty to the charge Friday in Washington County Criminal Court.

Gerald Taylor, 53, was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder and especially aggravated burglary for the assault on Rob Batot, known professionally on WJHL-TV as weatherman Rob Williams, at Williams’ home, where Taylor also once lived. But after reviewing the case further, the District Attorney General’s Office reduced the charges to aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and perjury.

The perjury charge, lodged after Taylors’s arrest, resulted from what prosecutors say was a lie on Taylor’s affidavit of indigency, a court document detailing a defendant’s financial situation so a judge can determine if that person qualifies for a court-appointed attorney, which is what happened.

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