Earl Taylor sentenced to life in prison without parole

Earl Taylor for sentencing. WTHI Photo, Jon Swaner
Earl Taylor for sentencing. WTHI Photo, Jon Swaner

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Earl Taylor has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the death of Kathy Dean Taylor.

Earl Taylor was found guilty on Feb. 12 after a weeklong trial.


He was originally set to be sentenced on March 9, but on March 4 a potential juror misconduct was alleged. In the motion submitted by attorneys Dennis Majewski and Michael Brewer, it reads “counsel obtained new information as late as March 1, 2016.” Within the Chronologican Case Summary, it reads Majewski and Brewer filed a motion on February 26th “to make record the disclosure of potential juror misconduct pursuant to IRE 606.”

At the sentencing on Wednesday, attorneys for Taylor told the court they plan to file what’s called a motion to correct errors, which is one of two processes to an appeal. One of Taylor’s attorneys says publicity generated by TNT’s reality show “Cold Justice” was an injustice to his client.

“They act as the judge, the jury, the prosecutor and the prison warden and make a grand pronouncement of guilt of the defendant,” stated Dennis Majewski, defense attorney.

Majewski says the motion will also address the alleged juror misconduct during deliberations at Taylor’s trial. Majewski would not elaborate on the misconduct.

You’ll recall News 10 reported a juror learned of Taylor’s previous conviction, the murder of his second wife, Mindy. The juror shared that information with the jury foreman.

“We’re familiar with what their allegations are going to be in the motion to correct errors, and we don’t feel that there’s any basis that there was any error committed,” explained Terry Modesitt, Vigo County Prosecutor.

Kathy’s sister, Bonnie Dean, didn’t seem concerned about the legal wrangling to follow the sentencing. She and her family finally have closure.

“He needed to pay for that, and today we got that justice,” she told News 10. “So we’re happy it’s finally come to the point where he’s being held accountable for what he did.”

Click here to view the full ‘Victim Impact Statement’ that was written by Bonnie Dean.

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