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Badge and Bar: Trial date set in killing of dealership employee
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Mark Antonio Taylor II

A tentative trial date of March 31 has been set in Hall County Superior Court in the December 2012 shooting death of a Gainesville man at Carriage Mitsubishi.

Mark Antonio Taylor II is accused of killing Charles Weaver, an employee at the car dealership on Browns Bridge Road.

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

Gainesville police had responded to the incident at the dealership after an employee found Weaver, 42, in the rear of the complex.

According to the arrest warrant, Taylor shot Weaver twice with a .45-caliber handgun, then took a 2011 Nissan Frontier.

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

A public defender was appointed for Taylor, but he later retained a private attorney.

Ex-jailer pleads guilty; sexual assault charge dropped

Marcell Allen, 27, pleaded guilty in February to charges of giving a false statement and violation of oath of office.

The charge of sexual assault against a person in custody against the former Hall County jailer was dropped in the plea.

Allen was sentenced to five years of probation on each of the charges.

According to the indictment, based on findings from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, on July 4, 2012, Allen engaged in sexual contact with a female inmate while she was under his supervision.

The false statement charge stemmed from the allegation that Allen lied to a GBI investigator on Dec. 14.

He was terminated from his job at the time of his arrest on Dec. 17, 2012, and later released on bond.

Emma Witman covers public safety issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her: