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Fugitives Caught at Mexican Border

January 16, 1999

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Two men wanted in a bank robbery and the shootings of a Louisiana car salesman and Iowa police chief were apprehended by U.S. Customs agents at the Mexican border.

Timothy Taylor and Michael Taylor, both 20 and unrelated, were detained Friday when they tried to re-enter the United States after being turned back from Mexico because they did not have proper identification.

The two are accused of killing the salesman Jan. 7 in Shreveport, La., robbing a bank in Lamoni in southern Iowa the next day and shooting Lamoni police Chief Dale Killpack in the eye as he chased them.

Killpack is recovering from surgery to remove his right eye.

The two were denied bond during a hearing in front of a judge Saturday and remained at a Laredo jail.

Customs officials said Timothy Taylor had $87,898 in a backpack he carried while Michael Taylor had $38,496 in his pants pockets. Agents also confiscated a knife and two samurai swords.

Car salesman Chester Howell, 56, was shot and left to die while taking the Taylors on a test drive, police said. Mary Howell said she hopes to get answers about her husband’s death.

``What I really want to know, and I’ll probably get a nonsensical answer, is why they felt they had to kill him,″ she said. ``There were other people who could identify them. He would have said, `Take the car and go.′ To kill him for a $2,500 car _ pointless.″

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