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October 1, 2013

Essex County jury gets Taylor murder case


Blood was not on the bottom of the boot, she said, pointing to the eyelet where it was found, to the upper regions of the boot and to the side of the sole.

There wasn’t more blood, she reiterated, because one-quarter of Rennie’s blood was found inside his chest cavity.

“And this we would call a solid case. The people need not prove it was premeditated. There was no plan or conspiracies by the Riverses,” Sprague said.

Then she repeated the statement LaCroix said Taylor made after he came home that night: “You don’t have to worry about Robert Rennie knocking on your door anymore.”

This was said, Sprague said, hours before Rennie was found dead.


Instructions to the jury from Essex County Judge Richard B. Meyer outlined the definition of second-degree murder, which carries intent — a conscious objective to cause serious injury to another person.

If the jury does not find Taylor guilty of second-degree murder, then its members will consider first-degree manslaughter then second-degree manslaughter as lesser included offenses.

They also must decide if Taylor is guilty of gang assault and possession of a weapon.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the jury asked the court to re-read aloud the full testimony of LaCroix and of Mrs. Rivers.

The review took nearly three hours.

The jury is expected to continue deliberation at 9 a.m. today.

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