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Update: Man accused in crossbow shooting of Johnson City weatherman appears in court

Rex Barber • Jun 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

A Johnson City man accused of trying to kill a local TV weatherman with a crossbow was ordered during a court appearance Tuesday morning to have no contact with the victim.

Gerald D. Taylor, 53, appeared in Sessions Court Tuesday. Taylor is accused of shooting Robert William Batot, 43, with a crossbow bolt and also firing a 9mm pistol at him around 4 a.m. Monday.

Batot, known professionally as Rob Williams in his job as a meteorologist at WJHL Channel 11, was struck in the chest with the bolt. Williams was not hit by any bullets.

Taylor is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and violation of an order of protection.

The attack happened at 11 Ashworth Court, a home owned by both Williams and Taylor

Police said Taylor broke into the house through a window and shot Williams with the crossbow, then shot at him with a 9 mm pistol as Williams tried to run from the house.

Police found Taylor sitting on a dock below the house with the pistol in his hand.

In a news release, police said there was a brief stand-off with Taylor, and officers used a taser on him to get him into custody.

Williams had filed an order of protection against Taylor in May.

Judge James Nidiffer set Taylor’s bond at $121,000. He was ordered to also have no contact with Williams if he makes bail.

Taylor’s next court date was scheduled for Tuesday.


Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to Judge Robert Cupp as the presiding judge.

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