Trial delayed for Waverly man accused of killing father in Florida
A trial scheduled for September in the case of a Waverly man accused of murdering his father in Florida last summer has been pushed back.
The Sept. 20 trial of Leroy James Taylor Jr., 54, has been canceled until a later date, according to information filed in circuit court in Lee County, Fla. An Aug. 27 pretrial conference was continued until Nov. 5, according to court information.
Taylor Jr. faces a charge of murder dangerous depraved without premeditation in the death of his father, 91-year-old Leroy James Taylor Sr., in July 2012. Taylor Jr. was arrested two weeks after his father's business partner found the body of Taylor Sr. at his Cape Coral home.
According to a police report, Taylor Jr. is accused of beating his father and then attempting to set his body on fire. Police said Taylor Sr. appeared to have been beaten in the head and face, a gasoline odor filled his house and two gas cans were located in the house.
An autopsy determined Taylor Sr.'s cause of death to be "homicidal violence with blunt impacts to head and chest," police said. Taylor Sr. had a broken sternum, subdural hemorrhage on the left side of his brain and wounds to his left arm and hand, according to police.
Investigation found that Taylor Jr. had been visiting his father around the time of his death, flying back to New York shortly before his father's body was discovered. Cape Coral detectives flew to New York and collected evidence from Taylor Jr., including bloody apparel. Police said blood found on a belt matched the DNA of Taylor Sr.
Investigators found Taylor Jr. to have multiple bruises and cuts on his body and red, swollen knuckles, police said.
Taylor Jr. remains incarcerated in the Lee County Jail without bail.
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