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UPDATE: Change of venue request for Denison murder trial denied


UPDATE [Nov. 21, 2013] -- The murder trial for a Denison man accused of killing a woman as she sat in her living room will stay in Grayson County.

An attorney for Richard Taylor wanted his trial relocated arguing pre-trial publicity has made it difficult to get a fair trial.

The motion for a change of venue was heard by a judge Thursday afternoon. The judge denied the request.

Taylor is accused of killing a woman after running his car into her living room in January.

His trial is scheduled to begin December 9.

UPDATE [Nov. 4, 2013] -- The attorney for the Denison man accused killing a woman and her unborn child wants his murder trial moved out of Grayson County.

Richard Taylor Jr. is charged with first degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say Taylor crashed his car into the corner of Jennifer Comstock's home in January, killing her and her unborn child.

According to the Grayson County District Attorney's office, Taylor's attorney feels pre-trial publicity has made it so he cannot get a fair trial in Grayson County.

The DA's office opposes the motion and says it will be heard by a judge at a hearing set for November 21. The motion was originally set to be heard November 7, but was postponed to allow both sides to present more evidence.

Taylor's jury trial is scheduled for December 9.

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UPDATE -- According to Denison police, "about 1:15 p.m. today, Denison police officers arrested Richard Allen Taylor, Jr., 57, of Denison on a charge of Murder.  DPD detectives secured the arrest warrant from the Grayson County District Attorney's Office this morning.  Taylor was taken into custody without incident at his residence in the 600 block of E. Sears in Denison.

The charge stemmed from a call police received last Thursday (January 24) evening about 6:45 p.m. where a vehicle, allegedly operated by Taylor, had crashed into a duplex occupied by several people.  The duplex is on the corner of Morton and Armstrong Streets.  One of the occupants of the duplex, Jennifer Comstock, 28, died at the scene, allegedly struck by the vehicle when it came through the duplex's south facing wall and into the residence.  Another woman at the residence was injured and, at last report, remains hospitalized as a result of the vehicle coming into the residence.

Witnesses told police the vehicle that crashed into the duplex, a reddish color Cadillac, had allegedly hit, locked bumpers with or closely followed another vehicle for several blocks while going northbound on Armstrong before the Cadillac allegedly was driven into the duplex.  Detectives have interviewed the driver of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe.

Denison police detectives have been working the case since Thursday evening and have gathered statements from several witnesses who saw the suspect vehicle either before or at the time the vehicle struck the duplex.  Statements were gathered from the remainder of the witnesses late yesterday allowing an arrest warrant for Taylor to be requested this morning.  The case, however, remains under investigation and other charges may be pending.

The charge of Murder is a 1st degree felony.  If convicted, punishment is up to 99 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.  Taylor is currently being held in the Denison City Jail under a $500,000 bond.  It is expected he will be transported to the Grayson County Jail later in the day.

Detectives are still investigating the case.  If anyone, not contacted yet by police, witnessed the actual crash into the duplex or the vehicle movements several blocks prior to the crash when the Cadillac was northbound on Armstrong allegedly involved with another vehicle in front of it, please contact Detective Stuart Prigge at the Denison Police Department at 903-465-2422."

date posted: 1/30/13

DENISON -- The funeral was held Tuesday for Jennifer Comstock, 28, who was killed as she sat inside her Denison home. Family members say she was pregnant.

Hearts were heavy as friends and family arrived at a funeral home in downtown Denison to lay the 28-year-old to rest.

Less than a mile from where the funeral was taking place, no one came to the door at the home owned by the man said to be behind the wheel the night Comstock died.

Police say 57-year-old Richard Taylor, Jr. was driving a red Cadillac when he careened off the road into the home. Taylor was questioned at the scene and released.

Public records reveal Taylor was last charged with a crime in 2008. According to court records, Taylor was charged with felony drug possession in April of 2008. Prior to that, he'd been charged three times with speeding in 2006, 2004 and 1997. Documents also show he was charged twice with driving while intoxicated in 1992. He has not been charged in the Comstock case.

Denison police say the investigation into her death continues. Taylor's neighbors say they've seen investigators visiting his home this week. Denison police have asked anyone who witnessed what happened to contact them.

At the home where Comstock and her unborn child were killed, a makeshift memorial with flowers, candles and messages are being left, and friends and family members managed set all else aside on a day to say goodbye to a loved one lost too soon.