James Henry Taylor Of Springfield Dies After Assault, He Was 78

 Officers found 78 year old James Taylor unconscious when they arrived.
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Smokey Barn News
Wednesday December 24, 2014
Springfield, Robertson County, Tenn.

James Henry Taylor Of Springfield Dies After Assault, He  Was 78

Domestic Assault Becomes Homicide

Antwon D taylor mugBack on December 9th around 4:30pm  Springfield Police were dispatched to 416 20th Ave West in reference to an assault.  Officers found 78 year old James Henry Taylor unconscious when they arrived.  Officers learned that James had allegedly been assaulted by his brother-in-law, 54 year old Antwon D Taylor, who lived at the same residence.

According to an earlier release, officers at the scene learned that James and Antwon  had been allegedly arguing. Police allege that at some point the argument turned physical and Antwon allegedly struck James causing him to hit his head on the counter.

James Taylor was transported to NorthCrest Medical Center where tests conducted revealed that he had bleeding from the brain. James was taken to Vanderbilt by Lifeflight Helicopter and was listed in critical condition.  At that time, a Northcrest doctors 300warrant was obtained charging Antwon Taylor with Aggravated Assault.  Antwon turned himself into authorities and he has remained in custody ever since.

On Tuesday December 23rd James Taylor passed away at Vanderbilt Medical Center. James never regained consciousness, police say.  According to Springfield Police, an autopsy revealed that inter-cranial bleeding was the likely cause of death and police allege that injury was directly related to the alleged assault.

A warrant was obtained on December 23 charging Antwon D Taylor with Criminal Homicide.  A bond will be set for him by General Sessions Judge Joel Perry.  A court date of March 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm has been set in General Sessions Court.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Smokey would like to convey our deepest sympathy to the Taylor family as they face this tragedy. No word on services at this time.

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