David Ray Taylor Sentenced to Death

EUGENE, Ore. — An emotional day in court as a family comes face to face with the man convicted of murdering their loved one. The family of Celestino Gutierrez didn’t hold back Tuesday as they addressed David Ray Taylor. Taylor was officially sentenced to death Tuesday for the killing and torture of 22-year-old Gutierrez. Gutierrez’s … Continue reading »

Judge Sentences Murderer to Death

EUGENE, Ore. — A Lane County judge officially handed down the death penalty sentence to David Ray Taylor Tuesday morning. Jurors in the murder trial recommended death for Taylor on May 15, after convicting him of three counts of aggravated murder and one count of intentional murder, for the murder of 22-year-old Celestino Guiterrez. Investigators say … Continue reading »

Jury Sentences Taylor to Death

 EUGENE, Ore. — A Lane County jury says convicted murderer David Ray Taylor should be sentenced to death for his crimes. There were a lot of hugs and tears from the victim’s family after hearing that verdict. The jury believes taylor is a continuing threat to society, and that he deliberately killed 22-year-old Celestino Gutierrez … Continue reading »

Taylor Trial Closing Arguments to Begin

EUGENE, Ore. — Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the sentencing phase of the David Ray Taylor trial. A jury found Taylor guilty last week on three counts of aggravated murder in the killing of Celestino Gutierrez and one count of intentional murder. After closing arguments, the jury will deliberate on Taylor’s sentence, … Continue reading »

Taylor Guilty on 3 of 4 Counts

EUGENE, Ore. — A jury found David Ray Taylor guilty on three of four counts of aggravated murder in the killing of Celestino Gutierrez. Jurors took just under 10 hours to come to an agreement on the verdict. They found Taylor not guilty on the fourth aggravated murder charge, and instead guilty of a lesser … Continue reading »

Jury Begins Deliberation in Murder Trial

EUGENE, Ore. — The fate of accused murderer 58-year-old David Ray Taylor is now in the hands of the jury. Both sides presented closing arguments Wednesday morning and the jury began its deliberation that afternoon. The family of 22-year-old Celestino Gutierrez, the victim in this case, was in the courtroom crying throughout the whole ordeal. … Continue reading »

Opening Statements Begin in Murder Trial

EUGENE, Ore. — The courtroom was full Friday morning as Lane County Deputy District Attorney David Schwartz began his opening statements. Schwartz painted a picture of a mother who quickly became concerned about her son when he didn’t come home or call on August 3rd, of 2012. He said Rose Gutierrez knew her son 22 year-old … Continue reading »