Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New trial dates for Taylor, Jenkins trials

By Laura C. Morel
Crime/Immigration Reporter

New dates have been set for two high-profile trials coming up at the Manatee County Judicial Center this year.

The trial for Robert Taylor, a retired Manatee County Sheriff's Office corrections deputy accused of killing his wife in September 2008, was rescheduled for April 30.

Taylor, 56, was arrested and booked into the Sarasota County jail early last year. He is charged with second-degree murder. If convicted, he faces life in prison, according to Manatee court records.

The trial for Jared Jenkins, 24, accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting several girls, was rescheduled for April 9.

He is charged with three counts of kidnapping, two counts of attempted sexual battery and one count of sexual battery, according to Manatee court records. If convicted on the kidnapping charges, Jenkins could face life in prison.

For live tweets from the courthouse during these and other trials, follow me on Twitter @lauracmorel.

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