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City BOE member posts property to free accused-killer father

May 7, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — A Board of Education member accused of falsifying his city address is using that property to try and bond out his father who is awaiting trial for allegedly killing his ex-wife in Fairfield earlier this year.

Christopher Taylor filed a motion in Superior Court to put up his property at 155 Davenport St. to post the $2 million bond for his father, James Taylor.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Wednesday morning before Judge Robert Devlin.

Board of Education member Maria Pereira recently filed a complaint with the state Elections Enforcement Commission claiming that Taylor is living at a relative’s home in Fairfield which would make it illegal for him to serve on the Board of Education here. However, Taylor contends he lives at the Davenport Street address which he has a permit to use as a recycling facility.

An appraisal commissioned by Taylor for the bond motion states that the property, owned by ACG Contracting LLC, is worth $2.1 million. ACG is owned by Taylor.

The appraisal states that the property contains a warehouse and two-story office. There is no mention in the report that any portion is used for living space.

The 75-year-old James Taylor is charged with murder, home invasion, criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree burglary, illegal discharge of a firearm and third-degree assault.

Police said that around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, James Taylor broke into the home of his stepson, Donald Garamella, 45, on Catamount Road and fatally shot Catherine Taylor, 70, with a .22-caliber rifle. He was attempting to reload and shoot Garamella when, police said, the younger man tackled Taylor and managed to get the gun away.

Police said that James Taylor, who had been divorced from the victim for more than 20 years, later told them he couldn’t explain why he killed her.

“When it came to providing specific details about what happened, (James) Taylor either did not recall or could not recall,” the police report stated. “He stated that he didn’t have a conceptual memory of what happened, but he did remember being there. (James) Taylor stated that ‘I think trying to justify things like this is horrible.’”

However, court documents state that there had been an ongoing conflict between James Taylor and the victim over a refuse business they owned together. Two days before the murder, Catherine Taylor had complained to police that James Taylor had stolen trucks belonging to the business. Catherine Taylor had withdrawn $40,000 from a bank account she held jointly with James Taylor and put the money in her own account, court documents state.

She had moved out of the Redding Road home she shared with James Taylor and moved into her son’s home on Catamount Road, about 500 feet away after the complaint was filed.