Medical Examiner testifies in Day 5 of Taylor murder trial
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Trial resumed Monday morning for a man accused of killing University of Kentucky Chef, Alex Johnson in December 2013.
Robert ‘Mark’ Taylor is accused of kidnapping and beating Alex Johnson to death over his marijuana-selling business. Johnson’s body was later found in a barrel in the Kentucky River in January 2014.
Prosecutors called the medical examiner, Dr. Meredith Frame who performed Johnson’s autopsy.
Dr. Frame described the body was decomposing and muddy when it was pulled out of the Kentucky River. The medical examiner says she found 26 total lacerations to Johnson’s head including puncture wounds in his skull. Examiners also found fractures in his neck and ribs.
Toxicology tests showed Johnson had marijuana, cocaine and alcohol in his system, according to the medical examiner.
Dr. Frame determined that Johnson died of blunt force injury to the head. She confirmed the injuries happened prior to death, but could not give a specific time frame of when they occurred.
On Friday, Taylor’s co-defendant, Tim Ballard testified against Taylor saying he planned the murder and asked him to dispose of Johnson’s body.
Monday afternoon, jurors heard from several inmates who testified that Ballard himself admitted to the killing.