LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Accused killer Leroy Taylor, Jr., made his first appearance before a Lee County judge Thursday morning. Taylor is charged with murdering his 91-year-old father in his Cape Coral home two weeks ago.
Taylor will remain at the Lee County jail for the time being. The judge ordered he be held on no bond, with the state arguing he is a flight risk, with his fiance being in New York. Cape PD caught up with Taylor in New York for questioning.
Police say the 91-year-old victim, Leroy Taylor, Sr., died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest.
According to the arrest report, Taylor told multiple stories about his father's whereabouts to business partners and a housekeeper, leading up to the discovery of the body.
The report details how the victim's body was soaked in gasoline, as were parts of the home. Areas of the rug around body were burned, indicating an attempt to burn the body and/or evidence.
The victim's blood was found on several of his son's belongings when New York State Police searched his fiance's home.
Detectives say the victim's son flew from RSW to New York after the killing, but police arrested him back at his father's Cape Coral home, where this all happened. Taylor's defense attorney says his client was at the house, planning funeral arrangements when he was taken into custody.
The arrest report also says that the suspect has a very violent past, including a lifetime injunction against him by his ex-wife. The court ordered that Taylor only have two hours of visitation with his children per month, under the supervision of a psychiatrist. Taylor resides in New York and travels to Florida one week out of the month, to coincide with his visitation, staying with his father. Taylor is not gainfully employed and was supported financially by his father.
Taylor faces charges of second degree homicide and will be back in front of a judge on September 4th.
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