Four plead not guilty in Woodstock murder
by Joshua Sharpe
March 19, 2014 04:00 AM | 2549 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Benson Kyle Lloyd
Benson Kyle Lloyd
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John Michael Taylor
John Michael Taylor
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Krystle Gail Taylor
Krystle Gail Taylor
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Lindsey Morgan Campbell
Lindsey Morgan Campbell
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CANTON — All four suspects charged in the December murder of a Woodstock man pleaded not guilty in court last Thursday.

The four, Benson Kyle Lloyd, John Michael Taylor, Krystle Gail Taylor and Lindsey Morgan Campbell, each formally refuted their multiple charges, including murder and burglary, in the Dec. 8 shooting death of 47-year-old Christopher Pierce, court records show.

The suspects were indicted in February and were accused of killing Pierce with a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun after breaking into his house on Misty Hollow Way hours before Pierce’s father stopped by and found the body.

Pierce had been shot in the chest and neck, the indictment says, but police have not said which suspect is believed to have pulled the trigger.

Authorities have said a .25-caliber handgun “believed to be the murder weapon” was found at a Dawsonville home where John Michael Taylor, 27, of Acworth, was arrested Dec. 10 after an hours-long armed standoff. Police cautioned that ballistics testing, which was expected to take some time, was needed to confirm if the gun was indeed the one used in Pierce’s death.

During the standoff, which drew police from three counties, John

Michael Taylor came outside of the house with a gun twice and was seen shooting up methamphetamine, police said at the time.

Krystle Gail Taylor, 27, of Dawsonville, was arrested at the house near Highway 400 earlier that day without incident.

Lloyd, 28, of Jasper, was arrested one day later at the PGA Tour Superstore in Kennesaw, where police said he was practicing his putting game with a friend.

All of the suspects in the killing, which authorities have said was believed to be somehow drug-related, face charges of possession of methamphetamine. On top of their other charges, the Taylors — who aren’t related — and Lloyd were indicted with that crime in February.

Campbell, 26, of Acworth, faces a possession charge in Cobb County, where she was arrested Feb. 4, following an interview with police in the case of Cobb Police officer C.A. Vill’s shooting, reports showed. She wasn’t charged in the officer’s shooting.

Campbell has since been released to the Cherokee County jail, officials said.

When news of Pierce’s death broke in December, shocking neighbors and leaving family mourning, only the Taylors and Lloyd faced charges.

Campbell was indicted in February, along with the others, after further investigation yielded she was allegedly involved in Pierce’s death, authorities said.



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