Trial of woman charged in death of former in-law begins

Amanda Taylor

Amanda Taylor

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) _ The trial of a woman charged in the killing of her former father-in-law is underway in Christiansburg. Media outlets report that a Montgomery County Circuit Court jury heard opening statements on Thursday in the trial of 24-year-old Amanda Taylor. If convicted, Taylor could face up to life in prison. Taylor is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Charles Taylor on April 4. Prosecutors say she and her accomplice, 33-year-old Sean Ball, went to Charles Taylor’s house with a knife and a crowbar. Investigators say Amanda Taylor admitted to stabbing Charles Taylor repeatedly. She also faces federal charges after investigators say Ball was injured while the two were on the run. Ball, who is also facing a murder charge, is awaiting trial.

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