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Second person of interest named in slaying of Brooksville woman

BROOKSVILLE — Authorities have identified a second person of interest in the slaying last week of Sarah Davis, a matriarch of the historic south Brooksville neighborhood.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Friday that it was searching for Robert Taylor, 49, of Brooksville. Detectives believe Taylor might have some information that would be useful in the investigation of Davis' murder.

Taylor currently has a felony warrant for his arrest on charges of cocaine possession, fleeing and eluding, resisting without violence and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

The Sheriff's Office said Taylor knows he is wanted and is "actively evading capture." They added that he is known to borrow vehicles and sometimes ride a bike.

Sgt. Donna Black of the Sheriff's Office wouldn't say Friday how Taylor came to the attention of detectives.

Taylor has a lengthy criminal history, with roughly 20 arrests in Florida over the past 28 years. He's faced a number of charges, ranging from aggravated assault to smuggling marijuana into a state prison. The vast majority of the charges have been for possessing or selling cocaine.

Davis, 80, was found slain in her home on St. Francis Street last Saturday morning by deputies called to the house by family members who got no response when they tried to reach her. She lived alone.

Davis was the sixth homicide in Hernando this year, doubling the total for all of 2009.

Byron Keith Burch was identified as a "person of interest" in the homicide investigation earlier this week. Burch was arrested last Saturday on two counts of burglary, just hours after Davis was found dead in her home.

Burch, 39, has remained in custody since Tuesday, held in lieu of bonds totaling $55,000.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in finding Taylor. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Taylor, they are asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6850.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report. Joel Anderson can be reached at or (352) 754-6120.

Second person of interest named in slaying of Brooksville woman 05/21/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 21, 2010 8:36pm]
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