Teen Convicted in Deadly Stabbings Outside Fast Food Restaurant
A jury of eight women and five men convicted a Fredericksburg teen of two-counts of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and criminal solicitation December 17, 2015.
Jabar Ali Taylor was 15-years-old when he stabbed three men outside the Cook Out fast-food drive thru in Fredericksburg on June 14. Taylor told the jury Thursday he was defending his older brother Kyreem Taylor, 17, who was engaged in a fight.
Kyreem testified the fight broke out after he had opened the door of a white SUV and pulled the driver-out in response to expletives and taunts he believed were directed at him. “Isn’t it true you ripped open the driver’s door and assaulted the driver?” asked Prosecutor Travis Bird. “Yes,” answered Kyreem.
Jabar testified he initially took the knife from his pants pocket and opened the blade in an act of self defense. Prosecutor Bird asked why he was carrying a knife.
“I carried a knife because a few months before I’d gotten in a very bad fight,” Jabar said.
Bird walked Jabar through surveillance video of the event, as jurors watched on screens. Bird said the video showed the Taylor brothers were the aggressors, and that Jabar chased after one of the victims before stabbing him.
Mac Oliver Hughes, 30, of Portsmouth, Va., and Anthony J. Carter, 28, of Albany, Ga., died from their stab wounds. Hughes was stabbed in the heart. Anthony Carter was stabbed once in the torso and once in the back, severing a primary artery.
Hughes and Carter were in Fredericksburg to celebrate the 29th birthday of friend Jason Fitch. Fitch, stabbed four times, survived.
Jabar, who was tried as an adult, will be sentenced on February 23, 2016.
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