Trial begins for accused killer of UK chef Alex Johnson
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Opening statements which included graphic descriptions and demonstrations of how Alex Johnson was killed in 2013 kicked off the trial for a Lexington man accused in the UK chef’s kidnapping and murder.
Robert Markham Taylor, who goes by “Mark” sat with his defense attorneys Monday afternoon in a Lexington courtroom. Before he was able to be represented, starting his trial, prosecutors painted a picture of him as a ruthless murderer, who beat Alex Johnson to death and helped to hide his body.
Prosecutors didn’t hold back from their descriptions and demonstrations of how Johnson was killed in the winter months of 2013. While addressing the jury, prosecutors simulated punches and strangulation.
However, defense attorneys maintain it wasn’t Taylor who killed Johnson. They’re looking at a man who has already pleaded guilty to his involvement, Timothy Ballard. Prosecutors are expected to use Ballard’s testimony against Taylor while the defense looks to poke holes in that testimony.
Court will reconvene at 8:45 a.m., Tuesday.