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Jan 8, 2014 11:27 AM

Final Defendant In Slaying Enters Alford Plea

PADUCAH (AP) - The final defendant charged in the death of a western Kentucky woman has entered an Alford plea in the case.

The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/1a0KlGz) reports 25-year-old Jasmine Taylor entered the plea Monday in McCracken Circuit Court to a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the 2010 death of CaSondra Evrard. Under an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt, but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.

Taylor had been scheduled to stand trial later this month on charges of murder and kidnapping after being found competent for the proceedings.

Five other defendants in the case, including Taylor's mother, Jamie Taylor, have pleaded guilty to various roles in connection to the death. Taylor's father, Mark Taylor, went to trial and was convicted. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Defense attorney Will Kautz said Jasmine Taylor was delusional before and during Evrard's death and has no memory of them.

Sentencing was set for March 7.

Prosecutor Raymond McGee said the agreement resulted from negotiations over several weeks.

"It's not quite resolved but it's certainly been a marathon of a case and we're looking forward to March 7 when we can finally have some closure at least to the criminal aspect of the case," McGee said.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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