UPDATE: The District Attorney’s Office has provided the following statement:
“We’ve received several inquiries regarding the case of Gary Taylor, who was charged with First Degree Murder and due to a process error recently released on his own recognizance pending trial. The DA’s Office played no role in the decision to release him. Per longstanding procedure, the judicial commissioner made an initial bond decision to set “no bond.” Subsequently, a process error resulted in Mr. Taylor’s release. The matter never got to the point where a prosecutor was involved in the bond decision.
It is important to note that Taylor’s release was a mistake and not typical. The error had nothing to do with bail reform generally or the new bail procedure set to start in February. Someone charged with First Degree Murder would not ordinarily be released on his own recognizance.
We understand that a warrant was issued soon after, that the defendant showed up for his court date today, and is now in custody with no bond. The DA’s office will vigorously pursue the prosecution of this case, and will also consult with other officials in an effort to prevent mistakes like this from reoccurring.“
MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Three known gang members have been charged in a deadly shooting from two weeks ago.
According to court documents, Daniel Bates, Danterio Owens, and Gary Taylor are accused in a deadly shooting back in December.
Police say the three men are known gang members and are responsible for killing Markeith Taylor on Wells Avenue in North Memphis on Dec. 21.
Court documents state the men exited an SUV and gunned Taylor down in a vacant lot.
Taylor suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
All three suspects were arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Dec. 30.
Taylor has since been released on bond while Bates and Owens remain behind bars with no bond.
The men will appear in court Tuesday.