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May 4, 2013

Witness describes brutal beating in Keeseville


She estimated Taylor kicked Rennie seven or eight times in this manner, lifting Rennie’s body off the ground with each blow.

Mrs. Rivers said Rennie was on his knees and elbows on the ground, using his hands to cover his head.

She told the court she heard him yell out, “OK, OK, OK, OK.”

Mr. Rivers and Denno each kicked Rennie three or four times, she said, as they stood on either side of his torso.


“I started screaming for them to stop,” Mrs. Rivers said.

“Mr. Denno stopped first. Then my husband stopped. Taylor kept kicking.”

She said her husband tried to intervene, but Taylor shoved him aside, saying, “I’m not done yet.”

And he kept kicking, delivering another seven or eight blows at full force, she said.

Mrs. Rivers said she turned on the vehicle’s lights, at which point Taylor stopped and Rennie got up and ran off toward the bridge.

The three men then got into Mrs. Rivers’s van and went back to the couple’s mobile home.


Mrs. Rivers said Taylor was bragging. 

“(And) Scott said he got a couple good kicks in,” she testified.

It was about 12:20 a.m. by then, she estimated.

When they got to the house, she said, “Paul (Taylor) threw his boots on the table and said he got (Rennie) good.”

“What was Scott (Denno) saying?” Assistant District Attorney Michael Langey asked.

“Scott said he had gotten his shots in, too,” she answered.

Mrs. Rivers admitted to Langey that she did not initially tell police everything she had seen.

“I was afraid,” she said. “Of Mr. Taylor. Of my husband. I was told to keep my f------ mouth shut.”


On cross examination, defense attorney Joe Brennan asked Mrs. Rivers if she knew providing false information constitutes a crime.

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