VIDEO RELEASED: 3 Indicted on Attempted Murder Charges After Aurora Police Officer Attacked, Strangled

VIDEO RELEASED: 3 Indicted on Attempted Murder Charges After Aurora Police Officer Attacked, Strangled

Three people are now facing attempted murder charges after a Grand Jury indicted them on numerous felonies after they attacked, beat, and strangled an Aurora police officer during the course of a traffic stop on the evening of June 21.

Just after 10:30 p.m. Monday, June 21, an Aurora police officer performed a traffic stop on a car that rolled through a stop sign. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver began yelling obscenities. The officer observed two other passengers in the vehicle.

Moments later, the rear passenger exited the vehicle. The officer ordered her back into the car several times before informing her that she was under arrest for obstructing. However, before the rear passenger was in custody, the driver exited the vehicle, continued yelling obscenities, and started approaching the officer.

The driver told the officer that he would fight him if he touched the female passenger.

The officer informed the driver that he was also under arrest for obstructing. At that moment, the driver took off running, and the officer ran after him. The two passengers followed the officer, yelling obscenities.

The female rear passenger approached the officer as they ran. The officer turned around and grabbed her arm to take her into custody, but she slipped out of his grip.

The two female passengers then began striking the officer with closed fists and kicking his body and head.

The officer heard a male’s voice and then was struck repeatedly in the head from several angles. The rear female passenger placed her forearm around the officer’s neck and applied significant force to his windpipe, causing him to lose the ability to breathe.

A short time later, additional officers arrived and placed the subjects into custody. Detectives from Aurora Police Department’s Investigations Division responded to the scene, interviewed the subjects, and gathered evidence.

Detectives presented the case to Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office officials, and they initially authorized numerous felony charges against the three suspects.

The investigation continued, and on Friday, July 16, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office presented the facts and evidence of the case to a Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury indicted the three suspects on upgraded charges of attempted murder.

Sheba Taylor, 26, was indicted on the following felony charges:

  • One count of Attempted First Degree Murder (Class X)
  • Two counts of Aggravated Battery (Class 2 Felony)
  • Four counts of Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felony)
  • One count of Aggravated Assault (Class 4 Felony)
  • One count of Resisting a Peace Officer (Class 4 Felony)

Jennifer Taylor, 24, was indicted on the following felony charges:

  • One count of Attempted First Degree Murder (Class X)
  • Two counts of Aggravated Battery (Class 2 Felony)
  • Four counts of Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felony)
  • One count of Aggravated Assault (Class 4 Felony)
  • One count of Resisting a Peace Officer (Class 4 Felony)

Paul Sherrod Taylor, 28, was indicted on the following felony charges:

  • One count of Attempted First Degree Murder (Class X)
  • Two counts of Aggravated Battery (Class 2 Felony)
  • Four counts of Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felony)
  • One count of Threatening a Public Official (Class 3 Felony)
  • One count of Aggravated Assault (Class 4 Felony)
  • One count of Resisting a Peace Officer (Class 4 Felony)

The charges against the defendants are not proof of guilt. They are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, Aurora Police Department news release and Facebook posts

Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office on Facebook

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