Co-defendant in Alex Johnson Murder trial testifies against Mark Taylor

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) –  Jurors in a Fayette County courtroom heard more details about the beating death of Alex Johnson.

The University of Kentucky employee was killed in  December of 2013. His body was found in a barrel in the Kentucky River in early 2014.

Mark Taylor is on trial and accused of Johnson’s murder.

Thursday prosecutors called Taylor’s co-defendant, Timothy Ballard.  Ballard is charged for his involvement in the disposal of Johnson’s body.  Ballard accepted a plea deal and agreed to testify against Taylor.

Ballard told the court that he worked as a driver for Taylor. He testified that days before Johnson’s death Taylor asked Ballard to borrow a truck. Ballard borrowed a red truck from his employer at the time.

He says he only learned of Taylor’s plan to murder Johnson on the night he drove Taylor to Johnson’s home.

“Taylor talked about killing Mr. Johnson. He said he was going to choke and then beat him,” Ballard testified in court.

The prosecution asked Ballard about his role in the murder to which he replied, ” he (Taylor) asked me to drive”.

Trial will continue Monday and is expected to be finished next week. Then, it will be up to 14 jurors to decide Taylor’s fate.

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