Family of Boy, 13, Wants Another Look at Death Investigation

Robert Taylor III, 13, was an eighth-grader at Bartow's Woodland Middle School when he was shot and killed in Cartersville in what police called an accidental shooting involving another boy, 14.

The family of a local boy killed a few days after Christmas two years ago is asking the Bartow County Sheriff's Office to take another look at what authorities determined was an accidental shooting.

Robert Harvell Taylor III, 13, then an eighth-grader at Bartow County Schools' Woodland Middle in Euharlee, died Dec. 29, 2010, at a friend's Freedom Drive home in Cartersville's Oakland Heights area, the Rome News-Tribune reported.

Sheriff Clark Millsap at the time said Taylor, whose family and friends described him as a quiet, sweet boy with a love of baseball, was killed as the result of an accidental gunshot involving another young boy, whose name was not released, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

"We believe this was an accidental shooting, as we have from Day 1," Sgt. Jonathan Rogers told Cartersville Patch. "In the investigating officer's opinion, no charges were warranted because there was no criminal intention."

Nearly two years after her son's death, Taylor's mother is requesting authorities re-open the case and investigate further. As a result, the district attorney's office in September lodged charges against the other boy, who was 14 at the time, but the case will be prosecuted in the juvenile court system, Rogers said.

"I want that boy to be charge[d] as an adult," Veronica Taylor told Cartersville Patch. "He made an adult decision to go and get that gun and he acted as an adult who knew and used guns and knew the consequences of pointing a gun in my son's face."

In an online petition, Veronica Taylor is gathering signatures to request local, state and federal authorities "fully investigate" her son's killing, which she says "could have been a crime of passion," and alleged "gross" negligence by the owner of the shotgun used in the shooting.

"The truth is there was a full investigation," Rogers said, adding that a group of law enforcement officials worked on the case, which is no longer under investigation by the sheriff's office.

But Taylor's mother isn't satisfied.

"I want the gun owner charged with negligent homicide...," she added. "We are living a nightmare.... We only want the truth about what happened the day our son was killed and we still do not know."

Rogers said investigators felt the circumstances of the case didn't meet the threshold for criminal negligence charges.

"We consider all the circumstances—if the kids are young, left by themselves with a gun in a common area, that would be totally negligent," he added. "We consider the age of the children. Every case is different."

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Matt Helmly April 27, 2013 at 06:38 PM
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=404574592974316&id=197099780388466 I'm not commenting here. Oh and Michelle, no need to erase all your posts. I already had it archived.
Veronica Taylor April 27, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Post what you want Matt. If the BCSO WOULD HAVE DONE THEIR JOB IN THE BEGINNING NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN GOING ON!!! But instead they chose to cover it up! If you guys would have told the truth none of this would be happening!!!!! BCSO AND YOUR FAMILY CHOSE THIS PATH!!!!! WE WILL NOT HIDE OUR NAMES!!! WE WILL NOT SIT BACK AND LET YOU GUYS BURY OUR SON'S CASE ANY LONGER!!!! Archive that!!!!! Big Rob
Veronica Taylor April 27, 2013 at 09:55 PM
It is kind of weird that out of all the people that put posts on the patch that you singled out Michelle!!!! The same lady your church turned away! It is just weird that out of 300+ posts you call her by her name!!!!!!
2nd Ammendment Steve April 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Whew! Well catching up on this on was intense. CMorris, your comments are right on and hilarious. Veronica Taylor (all of you that post from that account) thanks for answering my questions! Why wouldn't you, by the way? But now I am really interested to hear the answers to them. I clicked on the link and after a few minutes, I couldn't read anymore. I don't know what all it says. But I read enough to know that everyone here who said you were angry mob was exactly right. How in the hell can you..?? Aww forget it. I'm not even going to waste my time. Does anyone know who Gwen West is? My kids are out of school but that name doesn't ring a bell.
Veronica Taylor April 28, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Hello Stevo. This is Robert Harvell Taylor II the VOICE for my son!!!! The link you just looked at was put in the patch by the stepfather of the boy that killed my son!!!! It is so funny how you say we are a angry mob but we do not have any posts on there!!! You see everyone in Bartow it seems either blocks you if they do not like what you say or hide behind false names!!!! Only people that want justice for my son use their real names because they are not afraid!!!!! Hide behind your false names and judge us!!! I hope you never have to go through what we have and are still going through!!! Truly HELL ON EARTH!!!! ROB
Veronica Taylor April 29, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I am Lil Rob's voice!!! They call me Big Rob. I am his dad!!!! I want to know what is the difference between 30 kids dead and one kid dead? It blows my mind the comments that people make while hiding behind a mask!!! I guess we were just supposed to say nothing? Let the BCSO sweep our son's life and his case under a rug? We were just supposed to say you are right and not dig for the truth? You guys judge us for wanting JUSTICE for our son!!! What would you do if it was your child??? How would you feel when invisible people judged you? Civil laywer!! Really? We are supposed to be scared? Well we are not!!! A civil lawsuit will bring all evidence out into the open!!!! We want everything public!!!! So take your best shot!!! We died the day our son did!!!!!! You can not hurt us anymore!!!! As I said take your best shot!!!! We are not hiding!!!!! You know where we live!!!!! We are not going anywhere!!! Nor will we be quiet anymore!!!!! Big Rob
Veronica Taylor April 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM
This is Lil Rob's voice again!! Next time you post stuff on your facebook post the whole thing!!!! You know who I am talking to!!!!! Quit posting half truths!!!!! Quit trying to get public sympathy!!!! Oh!! I have it so bad!!!! Your son killed mine!!!! But you cry and moan to anyone that will listen to your lies!!!!!! I can not believe that he called him the N WORD!!!!! Not only did he kill my son but know he is going around threatening others and using RACIAL SLURS instead of their names!!!! How the hell can that be okay? Judge me? Really? Look in your own house before you judge me!!!!!!! Big Rob
Joe williams April 30, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Arguing on the Internet is like running in the special Olympics. Even if you win,you're still retarted.
2nd Ammendment Steve April 30, 2013 at 02:38 AM
You're right i haven't seen any posts on there. Why don't you? You got blocked? Why are "false" names so big to you? For starters I don't know you or your wife, so the name you use on here doesn't mean a thing to me. It has nothing to do with the names. Its about what is said and if there are allegations, then are they proving it. That's all I'm looking at when I'm reading discussions on the internet. Speaking of these weird names, wouldn't it be easier to make your own account so that "Rob" isn't posting as Veronica Taylor? The step-father was very open i thought. That link is a public Facebook. What more do you want?
2nd Ammendment Steve April 30, 2013 at 02:49 AM
What are you talking about! Who judges you for wanting justice for your son? Not me and I apologize if thats what you think. I can't imagine anyone would have a problem with that. The only part I don't agree with is how you are being a maniac who is attacking a kid. That's really how it comes across. New evidence? Come on now...you are joking right? You are saying that you have evidence that you can 100 percent prove that you are holding back? Why would that make sense? The trial in going on now, so isn't it a now or never for your evidence? You ever heard of double jeopardy? After it's over your evidence isn't worth anything! And as someone who has been on both sides of a lawsuit, civil and criminal have nothing to do with each other.
2nd Ammendment Steve April 30, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Good grief. This is what it's all come down to? No more ammo, so we start pulling race cards... Let me guess, you can "prove" it. Although I guess even if you can it's not like its related to the trial in anyway. How do you know so much about what the underage boy does? How much time and energy are you spending on getting all this? Look over these months worth of posts. That's harrassment and stalking Hoss!
Veronica Taylor April 30, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Oh stevo!!!! Why should I have to open my own account? I tell you who I am with every post!!! As far as the stepfather and his public facebook page!! Really? He is just like the men protecting his family!!!! It is public to who he wants it to be public to!!!!! All the others are blocked!!!!! As far as the false names!!!!! How many times do I have to say this? If you have the balls to say it stevo, have the balls to sign your name on the dotted line!!!!! Why hide behind false names? Let the general public know who you are so that you can be judged as you judge other people!!!!! I do not need my own account I speak for my son!!! He no longer has a account!!!! I wonder why!!!! If you are going to bash people make it where the victims can atleast respond!!!!! Oh!! Yeah, do not forget we are the ones that lost a son not them!!!!!!! But we do not cry because they moved down the street from us directly after it happened!!!!! If you think you are treated so bad move away!!!!!!! Rob
2nd Ammendment Steve April 30, 2013 at 03:09 AM
I was just about to log off and hit the hay too.. Do you have a public page where everyone can see what you write? Why in the world would I be worried about the public judging me? You don't need your own account, and I don't have to put my last name. I don't even know you are who you say you are man! What's your facebook again? Come on and lets see if you can walk the walk, or just talk the talk about all this BS about hiding.
Veronica Taylor April 30, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Sure do stevo!!! Look up Rob taylor!!!!! I post on my son's page!!!!! Since I am his voice!!!!! I do not have to hide behind a false name!!!! I am proud to say that I am ....ROBERT Harvell TAYLOR II AND AND I SPEAK FOR ROBERT HARVELL TAYLOR III!!!!!! Oh stevo do not ever get it twisted!!! I do not nor ever will need a fake name to voice my opinion to any of you fake people!!!!!! I have nothing to hide from anyone!!!!! Especially not you stevo!!!!!! Big Rob
2nd Ammendment Steve April 30, 2013 at 03:38 AM
https://www.facebook.com/rob.taylor.52035?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab is this it?
2nd Ammendment Steve April 30, 2013 at 04:04 AM
If that is your page then guess what...IT'S NOT PUBLIC! So mr I have nothing to hide especially you stevo has a private account and you allow only who you want. Is it possible for you to say anything that will make you more full of it? Is it private because thats where you are keeping your unreleased "evidence"? Im going to bed to laugh myself to sleep.
Robert April 30, 2013 at 01:09 PM
I agree with your way of thinking.
Darlene Mauldin April 30, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Steve to answer your question Gwen West is a math teacher at Woodland High School. The teacher who could no longer have the "other boy" in her class.
Veronica Taylor May 06, 2013 at 10:47 PM
This is Big Rob! I hear some people saying that they are taking the moral high ground!!!! I would be very quiet knowing that you were getting away with it!!!! JUST KNOW THAT THE FEW PEOPLE THAT POST HERE ARE NOT THE MAJORITY OF BARTOW COUNTY!!!!! I guess if I got to kiss my sons goodnight and good morning everyday I would be very quiet too!!!! You praise the detective that interviewed NO ONE!!!!! The detective that CLOSED THE CASE IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS!!!! I guess i would to if I was getting away with MURDER!!!!! You whine and complain because you can not go down certain roads or certain restaurants? Really? Most days we can not even get out of bed because of the grief of our son being gone!!!! No one made you move close to us after it happened!!! No one made you put him in the same school as all of Lil Rob's friends!!!! But you whine!!!! We are talking to lawyers too! Anyone can them these days! Look this up MALFEASANCE OF OFFICE! PERVERTING THE COURSE OF JUSTICE! OR OBSTRUCTION!!! VILIFY US FOR WANTING JUSTICE FOR OUR SON!!!!! YOU DO NOT HAVE THE BIG SUPPORT GROUP THAT YOU THINK YOU HAVE!!!!!! I am not afraid of anything you try to do to us!!!! How worse can it get? Really? Rob
Veronica Taylor May 06, 2013 at 11:09 PM
You stay quiet out of respect for Lil Rob and his family? But you publicly vilify anyone that speaks out loud for JUSTICE FOR LIL ROB!!!!! I read where it must have been one of the ball players that were interviewed? Really? They said nothing wrong!!! As far the report being biased? Talk to your lawyer! His receptionist refused to let Jeff talk to your lawyer!!! Do not threaten us or anyone that states their opinion with the statement" i am in contact with both criminal and civil lawyers!" We too are in contact with lawyers about criminal charges against you!!!! We have nothing left to lose!!!!!! But understand we are not afraid!!!! We are also not DONE!!!! THAT IS SO FUNNY WE ARE TAKING THE MORAL HIGH ROAD BECAUSE OF OUR RESPECT FOR LIL ROB AND HIS FAMILY!!!! I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS, GOD ONLY MADE TEN COMMANDMENTS.......ONE BEING... THOU SHALL NOT KILL!!!!! Big Rob
C Morris May 07, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Goodness gracious alive. You people twist and turn everything. I've been doing some reading, and I read the link of which I assume the stepfather of the boy posted above to the Sheriff's Facebook page. I didn't see anything wrong with his post there. He even states that he doesn't have a problem with anyone having an opinion, but there is a right and wrong way to express it. He doesn't threaten, he just simply states that if you attack his son, then he will pursue it. The man is protecting his son. No one can blame him for that, just as no one blames you all for wanting answers. I've said it before though, what you want goes beyond answers. You want revenge, but no amount of revenge is going to make you feel better. No where have I seen them vilifying you. They don't attack your supporters. If I'm wrong and they have, then please provide me with that link as I asked for a long time ago but have yet to receive. If you are speaking of the comment he made about the slanderous postings on the boy's Facebook account, then you're crazier than a bessie bug. If someone posted that on MY son's page, I wouldn't bother with a warning of any kind, I can promise you that much!
C Morris May 07, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Also, please just stop already with this "wait and see" and "the evidence will all come out" and "one day the world will know" malarky. If you had it, then you would've already shown it. It would've caused the boy to have more serious charges pressed against him, and he would be facing more serious charges than involuntary. Wait, let me guess...the DA is now in on the conspiracy, right? Somehow they got to them too? Did they have a 5th cousin that went to elementary school with them? I bet the DA is friends with a relative of theirs on Facebook, aren't they? Ridiculous. Just utterly ridiculous.
Veronica Taylor May 07, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Morris, this is Big Rob. I made my point to who it was meant for!!!! Your opinion does not nor ever has meant a thing!!!!!! I was not talking to you!!!!! So say what you want!!!! I told you before to get a hobby!!!!
C Morris May 07, 2013 at 01:30 AM
So who was it meant for? This is public. And thank you, I will say what I want. You say they threaten whoever has an opinion, but if someone disagrees with you, you tell them you don't want to hear it and it doesn't mean a thing. A little hypocritical, aren't you? And when someone asks you tough questions, you ignore them and start becoming repetitious with your "it'll all come out soon" bull. By the way, I have several hobbies. Hobbies that I'm very good at and enjoy very much. Thank you for your concern, though. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Maybe you can come golfing or needle pointing with me one day.
ltr May 12, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Did this case go to trial, and was there an outcome? I don't need to know the outcome, just want to know if the legal proceedings in a court of law have been completed?
C Morris May 14, 2013 at 04:59 PM
According to the news crap, it hasn't been finished, but who knows. I figure that we'll know something one way or the other by the tone of the family on here. No matter what happens, they aren't going to be happy with the outcome. You can bet your bottom dollar on that.
Veronica Taylor May 14, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Amy May 30, 2013 at 03:57 AM
I love you Veronica and family- anyone in their right mind would want justice for their son! I know I would for my daughter! May God be with you in your time of healing- know little Rob is looking down and is proud that his parents aren't giving up on justice for him. That's what parents are for! You guys are great! Keep on doing what you're doing! No one knows your pain- and they better count their blessings before bed tonight- they never know when they might be in your shoes! GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY! Love, Amy!!!
chelsey May 30, 2013 at 04:24 AM
I accidentally deleted my comment but like I said I knew what I was doing when I was 14 and I would never point a gun at someone or put my finger on the trigger without intent to shoot, something my dad taught me. I don't understand why the boy can't give the Taylors the true story. They lost a family member and all they want is truth. How hard is that??
kell5 August 06, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Prayers continue to the family of this young man. Prayers for comfort and strength. I pray for some peace of heart and mind. Joe williams April 30, 2013 at 01:54 AM Arguing on the Internet is like running in the special Olympics. Even if you win,you're still retarted. For you; Joe Williams if you are going to insult, at least learn how to spell the slang that you are hurting people with. Prayers for your total disrespect and ignorance. http://www.r-word.org/r-word-why-pledge.aspx#.UgE6b9L2aSo How "retardation" went from a clinical description to a word of derision When they were originally introduced, the terms “mental retardation” or “mentally retarded” were medical terms with a specifically clinical connotation; however, the pejorative forms, “retard” and “retarded” have been used widely in today’s society to degrade and insult people with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, when “retard” and “retarded” are used as synonyms for “dumb” or “stupid” by people without disabilities, it only reinforces painful stereotypes of people with intellectual disabilities being less valued members of humanity. Why "intellectual disability" is replacing "mental retardation" The R-word, "retard," is slang for the term mental retardation. Mental retardation was what doctors, psychologists, and other professionals used to describe people with significant intellectual impairment. Today the r-word has become a common word used by society as an insult for someone or something stupid. For example, you might hear someone say, "That is so retarded" or "Don't be such a retard." When used in this way, the r-word can apply to anyone or anything, and is not specific to someone with a disability. But, even when the r-word is not said to harm someone with a disability, it is hurtful.Because of this, Special Olympics, Best Buddies and the greater disability community prefers to focus on people and their gifts and accomplishments, and to dispel negative attitudes and stereotypes. As language has evolved, Special Olympics and Best Buddies have updated their official terminology to use standard, people-first language that is more acceptable to constituents.


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