Maylene man charged with murdering wife

Published 5:16 pm Wednesday, May 11, 2011

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Alabaster police arrested a 44-year-old Alabaster man and charged him with murder after his wife died at the couple’s residence May 10.

Derrick Taylor

Police arrested Maylene resident Derrick Dewayne Taylor and charged him with one count of murder after police discovered his wife, 33-year-old Denise Harris Taylor, dead at the couple’s home in the 100 block of Grande View Lane.

Police responded to the residence after receiving a 911 call from one of the couple’s children who discovered the couple unconscious at the house at about 7:30 p.m. May 10.

The incident stemmed from a domestic altercation, and the couple was in the process of finalizing a divorce, said Alabaster Police Deputy Chief Curtis Rigney.

“Denise Taylor was dead on the scene. Derrick Taylor was transported to UAB Hospital for treatment,” said Alabaster Police Deputy Chief Curits Rigney. “Derrick Taylor was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody.”

Rigney said Derrick Taylor had “no serious injuries whatsoever” when police discovered him.

After he was arrested, Derrick Taylor was transported to the Shelby County Jail, where he remains on a $250,000 bond.