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Local church now part of Narragansett murder investigation

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Andrea Medeiros



A local church now a part of the investigation into a man police say chopped up his own mothers body and tossed it in a dumpster.

Investigators were searching for any new clues, Wednesday, into what led to this horrific crime in Narragansett.

Police say they first showed up at an apartment on Caswell Street, Tuesday, not because they knew about the murder, but because the suspect, Robert Taylor, had robbed a church a couple blocks away.

Robert Taylor was led into court, Wednesday, in a blue suit, shackled at the ankles. He had cuts on his wrists. The 45 year old is charged with killing his mother, cutting her body into pieces, and throwing them in a dumpster.

"He seemed like a gentle person, so it's frightening," said Donna Nielson of Saint Thomas More Catholic Parish.

Police say they first went to the Caswell Street apartment to arrest Taylor for robbing the church. Nielsen, had given police surveillance video that they say shows Taylor stealing 300 dollars worth of food and cash.

"Basically all of the four receptacles had been emptied or tampered and also we saw in the video he had taken a good number of items out of the church," said Reverend Marvel Taillon.

But when officers got to the apartment they found the disturbing crime scene, Allison Taylor dismembered in a nearby dumpster.

"If we didn't have the cameras, we never would have known, this would have never been solved," said Nielsen.

Nielsen said Taylor was worried about his mom when she talked to him just a few days ago. "He was just kind of talking to me rambling a little bit saying how he needed to get away from his mother," Nielsen said, "When she drank she got a little violent and he'd come over here to pray."

Local businesses said Taylor did some drinking of his own earlier this week. They had to call police on Monday when he started yelling, knocking things over and taking his clothes of in public, behavior the church he was going to had never seen.

"As a priest you meet all kinds of people, but he seemed very afraid, very timid person," said Reverend Taillon.

Taylor has a lengthy criminal record including breaking and entering and DUI. He just got out of jail last October.

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