Accused in crossbow attack on TV weatherman facing perjury charge

Becky Campbell • Sep 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

A man accused of shooting a local weatherman with a crossbow was arrested Monday on a perjury charge for not disclosing financial information on a court document.

Gerald Delbert Taylor, 53, of Johnson City, appeared in Washington County Criminal Court on his original charges — aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon — but was served with a warrant on the perjury charge.

It’s a result of what prosecutors say was a lie on Taylor’s affidavit of indigency, a court document detailing a defendant’s financial situation so a judge can determine if that person qualifies for a court-appointed attorney.

On the affidavit of indigency filed in Washington County Sessions Court June 5, Taylor gave no indication of a bank account at Fort Sill National Bank.

Judge James Nidiffer appointed the public defender’s office to represent Taylor in Sessions Court.

Once the case got to criminal court, Taylor was ordered to hire an attorney. By that time, he had already posted a $121,000 bond through B&F Bonding. That means he paid the bonding company $1,210 plus tax to get out of jail.

The bond on the new charge is $1,000 and by late Monday, Taylor had posted that and was out of jail.

He appeared in court with his hired attorney, Rick Spivey, and was arraigned on all charges. Taylor pleaded not guilty

In the assault case, Taylor is accused in the June 4 attack on Rob Batot, known professionally on WJHL-TV as Rob Williams. Taylor was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder and especially aggravated burglary, but prosecutors dropped it to aggravated assault.

According to an affidavit filed by Johnson City police, Taylor is accused of shooting Williams with a small crossbow and firing a 9mm handgun into the floor during the assault.

The incident happened at 11 Ashworth Court, where the two men had lived for more than 10 years when their relationship ended, according to Williams’ testimony during a preliminary hearing in June.

Williams had also filed a petition for an order of protection against Taylor just a few days before the attack. Taylor apparently entered the house that night through a bedroom window and surprised Williams in his bedroom.

Williams retreated into a bathroom after being shot with the crossbow bolt, then exited after Taylor fired one gunshot. It was later determined Taylor fired the shot into the floor right outside the bathroom door.

Police previously said Taylor shot at Williams, but that was later clarified. No shots were fired at Williams as he fled from the house and called 911. When officers arrived, Taylor was located nearby sitting on a dock.

Taylor is scheduled to return to court later this year.

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