911 Call: Henry County fugitive surrenders
Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter
JASPER, MARION COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- A murder investigation that began in Henry County, Tennessee on Friday ended this weekend in Marion County when the suspect made a call to 911 and turned himself in to police.
Monday, the suspect is behind bars in Henry County.
On the 911 call, Edward Taylor told the dispatcher he was out of gas and ready to turn himself in.
Deputies ran the license plate number on the Ford F-150 he was driving and found a BOLO description from Henry County.
That's when they knew Taylor was wanted for murder.
"You never know what's going to come off this freeway," says Paul Turner, owner of Big Daddy's Fireworks.
Sunday afternoon it was 31-year-old Edward Taylor, a man authorities in Henry County, Tennessee had been looking for since Friday night.
911 Dispatcher: "Marion County 911."
Taylor: "Yes ma'am my name is Edward Michael Taylor and I'm wanted by the law. I'm ready to turn myself in."
Paul Turner owns Big Daddy's Fireworks off exit 161. He says the white truck hadn't been there long when police showed up.
"Not really swooped in or anything, but came in together, had the man get out of the car," says Turner.
On Friday in Buchanan, Tennessee, five miles from the Kentucky line, 76-year-old Barbara Jean Walker and 80-year-old Guy Kenneth Walker were found dead in their home.
Authorities say they were approached by a man who asked for help, then shot them with a 22-revolver.
The suspect fled the home in the couple's white Ford F-150 truck, the same car Taylor was found in Sunday.
911 Dispatcher: "How did you get here?"
Taylor: "I drove."
Taylor was taken into custody and within two hours.
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew flew in to question him.
He was taken back to Henry County that night.
"It just amazed me. I didn't see any remorse or anything in the man. Only thing I heard him say was he wanted a cigarette," says Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett.
Henry County officials say Taylor is from the Clarksville area, and had been staying with friends in the Cypress Creek area, near Buchanan.
He gave no motive for the murders, other than he wanted to get out of Henry County.
"I know I'm wanted in Canon County, Montgomery County and I believe Henry county," says Taylor to the 911 dispatcher.
Taylor is charged with two counts of first degree murder, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, and theft.
He's also charged with aggravated kidnapping, a charge for briefly abducting a Cypress Creek woman from her home Friday morning, before the murders.
Taylor held her a gunpoint before letting her go. He's being held in the Henry County Jail under a one million dollar bond.