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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Boxer Jermain Taylor arrested for shooting cousin in altercation at his home

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 5:56 AM

click to enlarge FREED: Jermain Taylor leaves Pulaski jail after posting $25,000 bond on shooting charge. - FOX 16
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  • FREED: Jermain Taylor leaves Pulaski jail after posting $25,000 bond on shooting charge.
click to enlarge JAILED: Jermain Taylor in sheriff's mugshot.
  • JAILED: Jermain Taylor in sheriff's mugshot.
Update on last night's brief report: Middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor, scheduled for a title fight later this year, was arrested at his estate near Maumelle last night and charged with first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault in the shooting of his cousin.

Taylor, 36, spent the night in the Pulaski County jail. He'll appear before a judge this morning at a bond hearing.

The cousin and another man went to Taylor's home late Tuesday afternoon. The house is behind gates carrying the boxer's legend, "Bad Intentions." The shooting happened about 6 p.m. and Taylor called 911 and reported an intruder. A sheriff's spokesman said Taylor told deputies he shot the cousin, who drove to a nearby Dollar General store where a medical crew responded. He was initially reported to have a wound in the leg. TV reports overnight described his condition as serious.

After the shooting, authorities and attorneys gathered at Taylor's home as reporters stood by. Finally, after 10 p.m., Taylor's arrest was announced. Authorities told USA Today that Taylor was cooperative, but charges were filed after consultation with the prosecutor.

The Taylor arrest report.

Taylor has a bout scheduled in October. No word as yet on how a felony charge affects those plans.


Here's the incident report.
The report raises more questions than it answers. It is described, originally, as a complaint by Taylor's wife Erica with Jermain Taylor listed as offender. It identifies Tyrone Dawayne Hinton, 41, of Jacksonville as the gunshot victim. It describes him as a family member. The narrative of the incident provided few details beyond what was already known.

UPDATE: At the bond hearing, the defense said it was willing to surrender Taylor's passport but he needed to be able to travel to support his family. His wife testified he was not a flight — that's flight, not fight — risk. Judge Wayne Gruber set the bond at $25,000 and required Taylor to check in regularly with a bondsman. He'll be allowed to go to Mississippi for an October fight and to train prior to the fight in Miami. He was ordered to have no contact with the shooting victim and the man who was with him, Aharon Coley, 19, of Little Rock.

Circumstances of the shooting remain sketchy. Hinton and his friend were described as uninvited guests and authorities got a gun and shot Hinton.

Taylor didn't talk to reporters waiting outside when he was released from mail on bond.

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