Athens man charged for assaulting ex now indicted for burning her clothes

Criminal Defense Athens, GeorgiaThis past April an Athens man was indicted for allegedly beating his ex-girlfriend as well as unlawfully entering a residence in May to burn all her clothes.

As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, David James Taylor, 38, was convicted for family violence battery, kidnapping and third-degree cruelty to children for the first incident and first-degree burglary and first-degree arson for the other incident, according to the indictment filed recently in Clarke County Superior Court.

The domestic violence incident took place at a location that was missing from the indictment. During an argument, Taylor “did intentionally cause substantial physical harm” to the victim by hitting her and causing swelling and bruising,” the indictment noted. The kidnapping charge was given for allegedly holding the victim against her will during the altercation, which their juvenile child witnessed, according to the indictment.

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The following month Taylor allegedly entered unlawfully inside the apartment of his ex-girlfriend’s sister at the Nellie B Homes housing complex, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

When the sister was coming home at around 4:25 a.m. she noticed smoke coming from the front door and after opening the door saw flames inside and called 911 immediately, police said.

After the fire was put out, the woman identified the items burned as her sister’s articles of clothing, according to police.

The fire damaged part of the apartment as well.

The woman told police she suspected Taylor was the culprit because he had been stalking her sister all day and threatening her and her family, according to police.

Taylor was later found and arrested at a current girlfriend’s house at Bethel Midtown Village.

Police said the person who broke into the apartment and set the fire had gone through a window by standing on a trash can, leaving a traceable shoe print on the can’s lid. Police were able to match the print to the shoes Taylor was wearing.

Anyone who is in an abusive relationship can seek advice and services by calling Project Safe’s 24-hour hotline at (706) 543-3331, or by visiting www.project-safe.org.