WARNING: The following story contains graphic details.
A San Juan Island man was found guilty of murder after a jury deliberated for more than eight hours.
A San Juan County Superior Court jury found Kevin Patrick Taylor, 56, guilty of felony murder (a death that resulted from felony assault) for the bludgeoning death of his wife Julie Taylor as well as arson for starting a fire in her car the same night as her murder. She was 56 at the time of her death.
The jury returned special determinations that it was a crime of domestic violence and that the death occurred with a firearm.
The trial took place from May 6-31. The jury was comprised of 12 men and women from San Juan, Orcas and Lopez. Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock presided over the proceedings.
According to San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord, this was the first San Juan County jury trial in a murder case since the 1985 trial for the murder of Lopez resident Rolf Neslund.
Kevin Taylor’s sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on July 8.
According to court documents, San Juan County dispatch received a call from someone in the Taylors’ Friday Harbor residence at 1 a.m. on Sept. 3, 2016. A deputy arrived on scene 20 minutes later and found Julie Taylor lying near an open doorway, not moving and with a large pool of blood around her head.
A motorcycle helmet and cat food cans partially covered face. A .22 rifle broken into pieces lay scattered around her head along with a broken potted plant. Blood spatter covered the adjoining cabinet, walls and ceiling.
Kevin Taylor was sitting nearby on a couch, and stated to the deputy, “I got her.” He was placed under arrest.
After claiming that his wife had poisoned him, Kevin Taylor was transported to Peace Island Medical Center to be evaluated by emergency room staff. He was medically cleared and booked into San Juan County Jail.
The victim was taken to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office where an autopsy was conducted.
The Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response Team responded a few hours later to assist San Juan County in its investigation. The team collected blood samples and used a 3D imaging camera to photograph the scene.
Officers discovered notes on the kitchen counter that said: “I don’t feel a heartbeat, I win!! Bitch,” “I hope she died,” “She forgot to kiss me goodbye,” “She told me too soon,” and “I win.”
The Taylors had been married for 25 years.