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3 people charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of a Bloomingdale Township man

Taylor Woodworking.JPG
Taylor Woodworking.JPG

Van Buren County, Michigan, Sheriff's deputies have arrested a woman and two men from Battle Creek in the 2014 shooting death of Scott Taylor Sr.

Taylor, then 56, was found shot to death in his home in Bloomingdale Township on Aug. 21, 2014.

Over the past couple weeks, Van Buren County deputies arrested Amber Marie Roberts, 42; James Robert Eakins, 40; and Brandon Trae Robertson, 32, all of Battle Creek, Michigan.

"These were folks that knew the victim. They went to the scene that night and committed the crime," said Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott.

All three are charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of homicide open murder, and two counts of felony firearm. They are being held in the Van Buren County Jail without bond.

They came up on the radar very early in the investigation. It was just a matter of piecing everything together and getting the facts that we needed before we actually criminally charge them," Abbott said.

Investigators said Taylor died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

He was found by his son about 2:30 in the morning. Taylor, who owned Taylor's Woodworking, was in cardiac arrest when his son arrived, police said. The son called 911.

His son and friend Devin Healy discovered the body the night of the murder. Healy spoke to us over the phone

"His dad told us to leave when they came in when they come over, so went somewhere else and by the time when we went to Grand Junction and back to Bloomingdale, he was murdered," Healy said.

Taylor had died by the time medical help arrived at the scene.

Sheriff Dan abbott says his investigators worked with Calhoun County Deputies and Michigan State Police and had interviewed the suspects multiple times over the course of the investigation.

"They've been working very dilligent on it for the last several years. We finally got the breaks we needed" Abbott said.

Those who knew Taylor and investigators tell us there doesn't appear to be a clear motive. We asked Healy why anyone would want to hurt Taylor.

"That's a question we've been trying to figure out for 3 1/2 years. He was a great individual," Healy said.

Healy and others who knew Taylor tell us they are starting to feel closure following the arrest.

"It's nice to finally see someone face consequences," Healy said.

All three suspects are due back in court for a pre-trial exam on February 28th.



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