Ex-con in aggravated murder trial in Eugene

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 2 at 9:34 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A man who spent 27 years in prison for a Lane County murder is facing aggravated murder charges in a new trial in Eugene that could put him on death row.

Jury selection began Tuesday for David Ray Taylor. The 58-year-old is accused of killing 22-year-old Celestino "Tino" Gutierrez of Eugene in August 2012 and then using his car in a bank robbery.

The Register-Guard reports a second defendant, A.J. Scott Nelson, is awaiting trial, and a third, Mercedes Crabtree, pleaded guilty to murder and has agreed to testify against Nelson.

Prosecutors say Crabtree posed as a woman in distress to lure Gutierrez from a bar to Taylor's house where he was killed.

Taylor was convicted of killing a gas station attendant in 1977 and was released in 2004.

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