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Badge and Bar: May trial date set in car dealership slaying

POSTED: March 20, 2014 12:03 a.m.

A Hall County judge has set a May 5 trial date in the December 2012 shooting death of a Gainesville man at a car dealership.

Mark Antonio Taylor II is accused of killing Charles Weaver, an employee at Carriage Mitsubishi on Browns Bridge Road.

Judge Bonnie Oliver set the date at a March scheduling hearing in Superior Court. The trial had been tentatively scheduled for March 31.

Taylor, 22, has been held at the Hall County Jail since being arrested in Atlanta a few days after the Dec. 28, 2012, slaying.

According to Gainesville police, Taylor shot Weaver twice with a .45-caliber handgun, then stole a car from the dealership.

Taylor is also charged with armed robbery, felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Woman shot by police after eluding traffic stop indicted

Tracey Marie Dean, a Gainesville woman who was shot by police after allegedly trying to flee a traffic stop, was indicted Feb. 20 by a Hall County grand jury.

Dean, also listed in records as Tracey Seidel, pleaded not guilty March 12 to all 22 counts, including seven felonies.
Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh had stated in September that his office would not pursue charges against two Gainesville police officers involved in the Aug. 20 shooting.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation looked into the incident at Skelton and Bowman roads in Gainesville. It started when Seidel eluded a traffic stop, hit the officers and their vehicles with her car and ended with Bryan Woods and Peter Bartholomew firing shots at her, police said.

Police searched the area. Seidel was found about two hours later less than a half-mile from the site of the traffic stop in the car. She had serious injuries consistent with gunshot wounds, police said.

Seidel was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, two counts of felony obstruction, two counts of interference with government property, felony possession of cocaine and 14 misdemeanors, including possession of a drug-related object, driving under the influence and battery.

She was convicted in August 2010 for possession of cocaine, crossing the guard line, open container and a suspended license.

Seidel’s attorney, public defender David Hoffer, filed several motions in the case, which Judge Jason Deal has scheduled to be heard April 15.

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