Murder Charges Bound To The Grand Jury Against Satterfield In Girlfriend's Death

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
- photo by Hollie Webb

Criminal homicide charges against Taylor Satterfield were bound over to a grand jury by General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom on Tuesday morning after a detective said he gave several versions of the death of his girlfriend.

Satterfield, represented by public defender Brian Pearce, is charged with the shooting death of  20-year-old Keiara Patterson.

Detective Adam Puglise testified that during the defendant's initial conversations with police, he gave multiple versions of what happened.

He was questioned first by prosecutor Neal Pinkston.

In one version, Satterfield told police he found the victim deceased in the kitchen. Another time, he said the victim had attacked him with knives and that he shot her in self defense. In yet another, he said he had put the gun to his head and she had tried to wrestle it away from him, getting shot in the struggle.

However, Detective Puglise pointed out that the victim was of "very small stature," saying she was "barely 100 pounds."

Judge Statom told the defendant at the start of the hearing, "You have the right to be completely silent today. If you start commenting, I will allow the district attorney to cross-examine you."

After the testimony of Detective Puglise, Judge Statom said, "Based on the testimony of Detective Puglise, I am going to find that there is probable cause for homicide...I set the bond at $300,000 and I do not see any reason to reduce that."

She also said, "Domestic violence is not a 'big misunderstanding', it is never a 'big misunderstanding.' There are two kids today that will grow up without their mother and presumably without their father because of domestic violence."

 

 


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