Man Facing Charges in Homicide Cold Case in Court

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DOWNTOWN JACKSON — The man arrested after a 17-month investigation into an armed robbery turned deadly shooting has a change in representation. Craig Taylor, 21, is facing charges of felony murder and attempted armed robbery after an incident in 2012 that left Devon Staten, 24, dead. In court Thursday, Taylor’s hearing was reset, and he was given a court appointed public defender because of an unspecified conflict of interest.. Around 5 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2012, Staten’s girlfriend had just arrived at the home she shared with Staten on Lealand Lane. While she was outside, a masked man came from the side of her duplex and approached her with a gun. The man then ordered the woman to go inside her home. The woman began to scream, which caused Staten to come outside with a gun. Staten and the robber exchanged gunfire, and Staten was shot. He was transported to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital where he died from a gunshot wound. Officers canvassed the area and found a camouflage mask. Staten’s girlfriend identified the mask as the one the robber had worn. DNA found on the mask was traced to Taylor. Taylor was arrested on April 29 by the U.S. Marshals Task Force. Taylor will be back in court on May 22 at 9:30 a.m, and is still being held without bond.

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