Weatherford Democrat

May 21, 2013

Man beaten with bat; suspect arrested

Weatherford Democrat

— Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Weatherford man after responding to a disturbance call Monday evening, according to department reports.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the call came in just after 9 p.m. in the 1800 block of Mineral Wells Highway after a report of several males involved in a physical altercation.

Deputies arrived and located the victim, who had sustained a large laceration to his forehead and was bleeding heavily from his head and mouth. Because of his injuries, the victim was reportedly unable to speak with deputies.

Numerous witnesses on scene reported two males wearing black were seen walking on the roadway in the dark. Several passersby reportedly had to swerve in order not to hit the males.

One motorist stopped and a passenger got out of the vehicle to check on the pedestrians.

When the driver lost sight of the passenger, he drove around in an attempt to locate the passenger, later locating him with injuries on Mineral Wells Highway. Witnesses reported the male subjects fled to a nearby apartment complex, where they were later located by deputies.

When the subjects saw the deputies, they reportedly fled into an apartment, securing the door behind them. Deputies eventually made contact with the subjects.

A suspect, identified as Gray Shadoe Taylor, 21, told deputies he “flipped the occupants in the vehicle off” while the pair was walking down the road and the driver turned around, so he fled to the apartment complex and retrieved an aluminum baseball bat. Taylor told deputies the passenger of the vehicle approached him on the front porch of his residence with a raised fist in an attempt to assault him so he allegedly struck the victim in “self-defense.”

A sheriff’s report indicates no blood or evidence were found on or near the porch as Taylor had reported. Deputies searched the area and found fresh blood spatter about 75 yards away from Taylor’s residence, contradicting his story, according to a sheriff's department statement.

Taylor additionally stated he had an acquaintance “toss” the bat into a ravine. The bat was reportedly recovered by deputies and secured as evidence.

Taylor was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with physical evidence. The victim was transported to a Fort Worth hospital for treatment. His condition was not known to sheriff's officials Tuesday afternoon.

Taylor remained incarcerated Tuesday afternoon at the Parker County Jail with bond set at $80,000. The case is currently under investigation with the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division.