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The People v. Taylor

SEPTEMBER 10, 1971.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,

v.

LENROE TAYLOR, A/K/A LENORE TAYLOR, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. DANIEL J. RYAN, Judge, presiding.

MR. PRESIDING JUSTICE ENGLISH DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:

OFFENSE CHARGED

Murder. Ill. Rev. Stat. 1967, ch. 38, par. 9-1.

JUDGMENT

After a bench trial, defendant was found guilty and sentenced to a term of 20 to 35 years.

CONTENTION RAISED ON APPEAL

Defendant was not proven sane at the time of the crime.

EVIDENCE (HEARD AT THE TRIAL ON JULY 8, 1969)

Darlene Stevens, for the State:

She was 12 years old at the time of the trial and lived with her father and three brothers at 844 W. 78th Street. On August 27, 1967, about 10:00 P.M., she went to bed in the bedroom with her three brothers. Her mother was in the front room watching television. She went to sleep, but awakened later. Defendant, whom she knew because he used to stay with her mother, knocked on the door, and her mother answered it. After he came in the door, he took a knife out of his back pocket while he was in the back room. He went into the front room, where there was a light on, and knocked her mother down. Her mother had not done anything prior to being knocked down. He then stabbed her many times. The witness ran into the hallway and tried to summon the people next door, but no one answered. While she was in the hall, defendant ran out. Her mother came out and fell in the hallway. Her brother had gone for the police.

William Boreczky, for the State:

He is a police officer who was present when defendant entered the police station and surrendered himself and a pair of scissors on August 28, 1967. Defendant said he killed Maude Stevens, but did not want to talk about it further.

Stipulation, for the State:

If a coroner's pathologist were called, he would testify that he examined the body of the deceased and found multiple stab wounds; that her death resulted ...


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