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

October 8th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

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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