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September 25, 2013

Taylor murder trial starts

ELIZABETHTOWN — A jury has been selected for the trial of Paul J. Taylor.

The Keeseville man, 39, was indicted for his alleged role in the beating death of Robert M. Rennie.

Taylor is charged with second-degree murder, gang assault and possession of a weapon.

The search for a jury in Taylor’s case began Monday and finished on Tuesday afternoon.

Opening arguments from District Attorney Kristy Sprague and Chief Public Defender Brandon Boutelle were presented to the court on Tuesday.

Testimony in the trial is expected to continue this morning. This is the third case to go before Essex County Court in connection with Rennie’s death.

Rennie, 45, died of blunt force trauma and internal bleeding attributed to kicking injuries. He was found lifeless at the bottom of Mill Hill in Keeseville on Aug. 26 last year.

In connection with the case, Scott E. Denno, 20, was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and gang assault after his trial ended in May. He received the maximum 25 years in prison for his role in the assault. 

Then, Michael D. Rivers, also of Keeseville, was found guilty by a jury in late May of first-degree manslaughter and gang assault; his sentencing has been adjourned to November.

Taylor’s criminal history includes a previous conviction for second-degree manslaughter for his part in the death of Marcus Chadwick in Moriah in 1996. Sentenced to five to 15 years in prison, Taylor was released on parole in 2010.

Email Kim Smith Dedam:kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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