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Suspect in custody after body found in Ste. Genevieve County

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Did a Ste. Genevieve County man kill a Jefferson County man and then try to hide his body?

Police said that's what happened this week, leading up to the gruesome discovery. A local man happened upon the body covered in blood in the back of a pick up truck.

49-year-old Mark Taylor of Ste. Genevieve County now faces murder charges.

Investigators said they are still trying to figure out a motive, but court papers claim the victim was a known methamphetamine user and the suspect, allegedly known for making meth and cultivating marijuana.

It's all enough to make the suspect's brother say Mark Taylor may have been in a situation that spun out of control.

"It's hard to believe, kind of like surreal,' David Taylor said.

Standing outside the property where police say his brother murdered another man, Taylor told Heartland News he was just trying to take it all in.

"He has a criminal record, he's been in prison a couple of occasions, I'm sure he's not capable of murder. He's not a mean person, possible he was defending himself, could have been a fight, I don't know," David Taylor said.

Investigators paint a much more sinister picture.

They said after finding Dotson's body dumped in the back of his own pickup truck, neighbors pointed them in the direction of Taylor's home.

Inside, investigators said they found a trail of blood along with ripped up carpeting and shotgun shells that matched the pellets in Dotson's body.

"He did leave a trail behind that's why we were able to locate him with evidence at his work place and with evidence at the scene," Sheriff Gary Stolzer said.

He said detectives tracked down Taylor near his workplace in his truck.

Police said he had a can of bleach with what appeared to be blood on it, sitting next to him, along with some carpeting that also had a substance that looked like blood on it.

Investigators also said Taylor went to a neighbor's home to borrow some bleach on Wednesday evening, and allegedly made the comment he thought he shot their brother, and then later said he was just joking.

"We're trying to piece together what kind of incident took place for this to happen," Major Jason Schott said.

David Taylor meanwhile, says he's still hopeful his brother acted in self defense.

"Everytime he's in trouble I'm disappointed."

Taylor tells Heartland news his brother is also bi-polar and used to have a meth habit.

He does not believe he was still using the drug.

Mark Taylor is being held on $1 million dollars bond, and also faces charges of armed criminal action and abandoning a corpse.

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Below is a probable cause statement by the Ste. Genevieve Co. Sheriff's Office.

Date: 10/02/2009                                                                    Case Number: 09-1010


I, Detective J. Hutchings understanding that false statements herein are punishable by law do state:

  1. I have probable cause to believe that on 10/01/2009, at 5965 Charter Church Road, Festus, Missouri 63028, Mark Mitchell Taylor W/M DOB: 12/07/1959 SSN: 490-74-9375, has committed one or more criminal offense(s): 

The facts supporting this belief are as follows:

On Thursday, October 1, 2009, at approximately 0630 hours (6:30 A.M.), I was contacted by Ste. Genevieve County Central Dispatch.  Dispatch requested I go to the intersection of Charter Church Road and Bieser Lane in reference to a subject found deceased, lying on a tailgate of a truck.  Throughout this investigation, the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted me. 

Upon my arrival at approximately 0738 hours (7:38 A.M.), a perimeter had been established around the scene by Corporal (Cpl.) E. Bennett.  At this time a coroner investigation was underway by Deputy Coroner Lieutenant (Lt.) L. White who had arrived earlier.

I observed a deceased white male subject lying face down on a opened tailgate of a 1986 Ford truck, white in color bearing Missouri license number 6MJ-318.  I found that the truck was registered to Danny Dotson, 3203 Flucom Road, Desoto, Missouri.  The subjects' torso had an area of trauma on his left side and a moderate amount of what appeared to be blood on and around his torso.  This area where the subject was located on the truck was the only visible area of blood on or inside the truck. 

Upon an examination of the subject, a wallet was found in the subjects rear pant pocket.  Contained within the wallet was a Missouri driver's license bearing the name of Daniel Gordon Dotson, with the same address listed as the registration for the truck.  The subject was later positively identified as that of Daniel Gordon Dotson.  Further examination of Dotson's' body revealed a possible gunshot wound on the subjects torso.  Also a single pellet that resembled that of birdshot contained within a shotgun shell round.  The wound on the Dotson's torso appeared to be similar in diameter to that of a shotgun barrel.  I also observed what appeared to be abrasion marks on Dotson's back. 

Due to the injuries sustained by Dotson and the amount of evidence found at that scene, it was suspected that this was a secondary crime scene.  Information was also obtained that Dotson was a known methamphetamine user.

While on scene a subject stopped at the perimeter of the crime scene and informed he may have information about this incident.  Sergeant (Sgt.) P. Smith with the Missouri State Highway Patrol spoke with the subject and was told that the subject heard noises coming from a trailer home near his the evening prior.  The subject also stated he thought he had observed a vehicle similar to that of Dotson's at the trailer home.  Sgt. Smith went with the subject to locate the trailer home.  The physical address of the trailer home was later determined to be 5965 Charter Church Road.  It was also later determined the resident of that address was a Mark M. Taylor.  The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's Office had obtained information that Taylor was manufacturing methamphetamine and cultivating marijuana. 

Later during a neighborhood canvass of the area, Investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol interviewed a neighbor near Taylor's residence.  The neighbor advised that earlier that morning, Taylor had come to their home and had a cup of coffee.  While there, Taylor asked to borrow bleach.  That neighbor had also stated that on the previous evening, Taylor had come to  their home and made a statement that he thought he had shot their brother, but he later stated he was just joking.

Sgt. Smith along with other investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Lt. White went to 5965 Charter Church Road, the residence of Taylor.  While there they found evidence around the exterior of the residence that resembled blood.  Later a presumptive test would show that the areas found tested positive for the presence of blood.  Also, lying in the front yard of the residence was found what appeared to be a damaged closet door.  On the damaged door was observed what appeared to be blood.  In the front yard was found a large sheet of plastic that appeared to have blood smears on it.

Near the front door of the residence was found latex gloves with possible bloodstains.  The front door of the residence was found standing open and the odor of bleach was emitting from the interior of the residence and through the open doorway, a large area where carpet had been removed was observed.  Lying on the front porch was found shotgun shells that contain the same type of pellet that was found on Dotson's body. 

Through investigation, Taylor's place of employment was determined to be Grannie Fannie's, which is a cafe located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 67 and Flucom Road in Jefferson County, Missouri.  Feeling that this may be a potential crime scene, Deputies were left at Taylor's residence, and Sgt. Smith went to the cafe in an attempt to contact Taylor.  Lt. White went to obtain a search warrant for Taylor's residence.

Upon arrival at the cafe, Sgt. Smith stated he located a door matching the door found at Taylor's residence in a dumpster.  Sgt. Smith stated the door also contained what he believed to be blood.  It was determined that Taylor was not at work.  Sgt. Smith found that Taylor had been to a gas station across the street from the cafe and charged gasoline for his vehicle, which is a small white truck, earlier that morning.  While at that scene, Sgt. Smith observed a vehicle matching the description of Taylor's truck, with a white male driver.  Sgt. Smith contacted the driver of the vehicle and found him to be Taylor.  In plain view within Taylor's truck was observed a bleach bottle with possible blood on the cap.  A section of padding commonly used underneath of residential carpeting, which contained possible blood.  Taylor was taken into custody for questioning and his vehicle towed to the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's Office.  Taylor was transported to the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's Office.

Subsequently, a search warrant was issued for Taylor's residence.  During the execution of the search warrant, a large amount of bloodstains were found in the living room near an entertainment center.  Also, a large area of carpeting was removed near the entertainment center that still appeared to be moist and smelled of bleach.  The padding under the removed section of carpeting, closely matched that of the padding found in Taylor's truck.  Near the base of the entertainment center and where the area of carpet was removed, was found multiple shotgun shell pellets that resembled those of the pellet found on Dotson's body.  Also there were more shotgun shells found inside of Taylor's residence.           

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