Jury finds man guilty for 2013 shooting

Published 4:59 pm Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Butler County jury on Wednesday found a Fort Deposit man guilty of manslaughter and attempted murder.

Jamaar Taylor was found guilty in connection with the 2013 shooting of his girlfriend Ashley McDonald.

Butler County District Attorney Charlotte Tesmer said sentencing was tentatively set for July 9.

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She said Taylor will get a minimum of 20 years in prison.

“Attempted murder is a Class A Felony, which would normally be 10 to 99 or life,” she said. “Since a deadly weapon was used, the minimum is 20 years. I’m very pleased with the verdict.”

McDonald, a Greenville native, was shot just after midnight on Oct. 13, 2013, during an altercation between her boyfriend and another man at the party. Kelcius Savage was also shot during the altercation.

At the time, Taylor was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Authorities said at the time of the investigation that it didn’t appear that McDonald was the target.

Greenville Police Department Capt. Justin Lovvorn said Taylor took a gun from his car and began firing following an argument that erupted over a game on dominoes.

“He pulled a gun and started shooting,” Lovvorn said. “The guy he was arguing with and a couple of other guys that were out in the yard tackled him and tried to wrestle the gun away from him. He kept firing, and we believe that’s when his girlfriend was hit.”

Lovvorn said that one of the men who was attempting to wrestle the gun from Taylor was also hit by a bullet, but that his injuries were not serious.