Man killed in home invasion kidnapped woman in Huntsville weeks before

Investigators said Taylor hit, kicked, and stabbed the woman. He then beat her with weapons while he drove from Huntsville to Muscle Shoals, according to police.

Posted: May. 15, 2018 6:36 PM
Updated: May. 15, 2018 7:20 PM

WAAY 31 learned the man killed during a home invasion walked out of jail days before committing his next crime.

Police say Tchaasu Taylor, 24, broke into a home in Trinity and the homeowner shot him over the weekend.

Court records show two days before that home invasion Huntsville Police arrested and charged Taylor with kidnapping and domestic violence in Huntsville.

WAAY 31 asked the Madison County District Attorney why Taylor was back on the street so quickly.

Robert Broussard told us it's simple, anyone is innocent until proven guilty and the bond that was set for Taylor is fair.

"I don't look at an incident like this and think man this system is so broke," he said.

THe Madison County DA is talking about Tchaasu Taylor's arrest in Huntsville and eventual death days later in Morgan County.

Huntsville police say Taylor kidnapped a woman from a business off Highway 72 after seeing text messages on her phone about a week and a half ago.

Investigators said Taylor hit, kicked, and stabbed the woman. He then beat her with weapons while he drove from Huntsville to Muscle Shoals, according to police.

Days later, police arrested Taylor but he was out on about a $31,000 bond in about a day.

"I hate to say it, but it's not uncommon that somebody who is out on bond ends up committing another crime. The natural question is why were they out on bond? You're entitled to it. You're presumed innocent until proven guilty," said Broussard.

Decatur Police said Taylor did commit another crime. He broke into a home in Trinity, and police say the homeowner shot and killed him.

"I believe the system works pretty good. I really do. You can always point to the one that maybe if somehow this guy was locked up certainly he wouldn't commit another crime in Morgan county and he wouldn't have got killed, but there's no way to forecast that," Broussard added.

He told me whoever sets the bond in a particular case is looking at 2 factors whether that person is a danger to the community or if they're a flight risk. That's why Taylor was allowed bond, according to the DA.

"I can tell you right now there's nothing about that that is alarming or shocking. I can tell you sometimes there's folks charged with murder and their bond is set at 30,000," he said.

Decatur Police have said the homeowner will not face charges for killing Taylor in the home invasion.

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