Man killed in Trinity home invasion identified

Records show Tchaasu Taylor was arrested in Huntsville days before police say he broke into a home and was shot by the homeowner.

Posted: May. 15, 2018 11:45 AM
Updated: May. 15, 2018 12:42 PM

The man Decatur police say was killed during a weekend home invasion in Trinity Sunday had been arrested just a couple of days before that on kidnapping and domestic violence charges, jail records show.

On Monday police said Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn pronounced Tchaasu Ankhkara Taylor, 24, of Madison, dead at the scene on Creek Meadow Drive early Sunday morning.

Taylor was killed after police said he broke into a home around 2:15 a.m. Taylor grabbed a knife and struggled with the homeowner, who shot and killed him, police said.

Authorities said the homeowner is not facing charges in the case.

Madison County Jail records show Taylor was released from jail there on May 10, just two days before the home invasion in Trinity. Taylor was charged with second-degree kidnapping and second- and third-degree domestic violence.

Huntsville police said Taylor was at work with a woman on May 5 and became angry about a text on her phone. He kicked and hit her and forced her into a car, police said. 

Taylor drove west on Highway 72 and stopped around County Line Road, where he beat the woman with weapons, police said. He then began driving again and continued to beat her and also stabbed her in the wrist, police said. He left the woman in a hospital parking lot in Muscle Shoals.

He was released from jail on those charges after posting bonds totaling $31,500.

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