Wednesday, February 26, 2020

June's Pet Murder Suspect Gets 5 Years for Stolen Gun in Project Eject


The Justice Department issued the following statement.
Cedric Taylor, 45, of Jackson, who was arrested by Jackson Police officers in March for murder and released on bond by a local judge, pled guilty yesterday before Senior U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Michelle Sutphin with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.

On March 5, 2019, officers with the Jackson Police Department executed a search warrant on Taylor’s residence in Jackson while investigating the murder of Dewan Fortner. Investigators recovered a firearm at the residence, which Taylor later confessed to knowingly possessing. While Taylor was arrested for murder in March 2019, he was thereafter released on a $125,000 bond, even though, according to the victim’s family, Taylor admitted in court that he had hidden Fortner’s body behind a building in Byram. This bond was granted despite the fact that Taylor had previous convictions for aggravated assault in Hinds County, Mississippi, and felon in possession of a firearm in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

After being release on a local bond, Taylor was arrested on federal charges on March 29, 2019, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and has been detained by U.S. Marshals without bond ever since.

Taylor will be sentenced by Judge Bramlette on June 2, 2020. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lynn Murray.

This case is part of Project EJECT, an initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and Project Guardian. EJECT is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to fighting and reducing violent crime through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness. EJECT stands for “Empower Justice Expel Crime Together.” PSN is bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.

Kingfish note: JJ reported June 20, 2019:

A murder suspect was put back on the street in Jackson.   Cedric Taylor posted bond of $100,000 on March 19.  JPD arrested Taylor on March 6 for the murder of Dewan Fortner.

Police found the body of Dewan Fortner behind a vacant building in Bolton.  He died from a gunshot wound to the head.  He left behind eight children.

However, Taylor benefitted from June's Justice.  Jackson Municipal Court Judge June Hardwick set his bond at $100,000 for the murder charge and $25,000 for the charge of convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Taylor posted bond on March 19 and was released from jail although he is required to wear an ankle monitor. Earlier post.
Taylor has not yet been indicted for murder.  The District Attorney's office said JPD did not transfer the case until January 31.  The grand jury has not yet met but the indictment will probably be presented at the next term. 


7 comments:

Anonymous said...


I wonder if June would have shared some justice if Cedric had been white and killed a black man with 8 children?

Hmmmmmmm....

Anonymous said...

Jackson is a hell hole.

Anonymous said...

Is he a candidate for employment over at Jackson's impound lot?

Anonymous said...

Facing habitual-offender status and charged with murder, he was granted bond? Who actually posted it for him? And JPD apparently waited until a new District Attorney took over before turning the case over to his office?

This seems like a very curious case(s). I'd be interested to know what's really going on with Cedric Taylor.

Anonymous said...

Seems he still has a murder trial in his future? Federal Action to get him off the street as he was armed probably to commit more crime.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile: Yesterday I heard the chairman of Jud B on talk radio - I forget his name. He said his committee is looking at a number of reforms. He mentioned a female who was recently convicted of marijuana possession and sentenced to life in prison because she had a prior.

My post has nothing whatever to do with the legalization of MJ or medical MJ. It's all about a backwards, nonsensical system when the case I mention here is compared to the case in the initial post. It falls under the heading of WTF.

Anonymous said...

Thank heavens for the US Attorney who will actually arrest & prosecute and then make certain the felon serves time! Best thing to every happen to the Bold New City!

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