Mobile, Alabama (WKRG) — It was the day of the annual Christmas party for Steve Dyas Motors employees. The employee remained in the office a few minutes late, waiting for the man who was supposed to come pay for the car. Those workers didn’t make it to the Christmas party that night.This is the story of Jarrod Taylor.
WKRG News 5 looks back at the crimes that rocked the Gulf Coast. The story of Jarrod Taylor is the 13th in the series.
According to FindLaw, the story begins on the morning of December 12, 1997. Jarrod Taylor, who was 26 at the time, received a .380 caliber gun from his friend. His friend Kenyatta McMillan was with him when he took up the gun and went with him to a nearby Walmart to buy BB Pellet his pistol.
After leaving Walmart, the two men went to Mobil’s Steve Diaz Motors with the intention of robbing them. Taylor decides to pretend to be interested in buying his Mustang Ford from a used car dealership.
Taylor first hooked up with Sherry Gaston, who was a salesperson at the dealership. He told Gaston that he was from Louisiana and that his father-in-law would buy him a car for Christmas. Taylor tried to negotiate the purchase of a car with Gaston.
McMillan and Taylor then spent the day test driving the car and filling out the paperwork to purchase the car. The car cost him $13,700 and the guys spent part of his day waiting for his stepfather to bring him the money. Witnesses claimed the two men came and went many times throughout his day.
As it started to get late in the evening, the dealership employees began to leave to get ready for the work Christmas party. Gaston waits for Taylor to return with the money for the car. Her husband Bruce Gaston and her car dealership owner Steve Diaz were also waiting with her.
When Taylor and McMillan entered the office, Taylor immediately shot Bruce in the chest. Bruce fell to the floor and Sherry ran to the bathroom and was trapped. Steve ran to the back room and tried to escape through the window. McMillan stops Steve and takes him back to headquarters at gunpoint.
Taylor and McMillian aggressively demanded to know where the safe was, but Steve tried to explain to the man that he did not have a safe and did not keep the money in his office. provided them with their credit card and the car they wanted. Steve was on his knees and begging for his life when Taylor thrust a gun into Steve’s head and shot him.
Taylor went to the bathroom door and forced Sherry out. She came out of the bathroom begging Taylor not to kill her. She didn’t seem to care because she shot her, which also killed her instantly.
At this point, the two men left Sherry’s purse and both men’s purses and started going through everything at the dealership. They also took the paperwork Shelley made to make it look like Taylor bought the car.
The men were preparing to leave when they noticed Bruce starting to move. When they realized he was still alive, Taylor approached him and shot him in the head, trying to make sure he was dead. I was arrested by the police.
McMillan was the state’s chief witness against Taylor. He made a plea bargain and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Taylor was sentenced to death on March 9, 2001.
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, the state withdrew Taylor’s execution date request after Taylor was able to provide evidence that the ADOC had lost the designated forms. This was due to the option of being killed by nitrogen hypoxia.