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voiceofreason
01-21-2017, 07:30 AM
http://www.pnj.com/story/news/crime/2017/01/19/jury-still-out-brutal-beating-trial/96785438/

Crosby found guilty of second degree murder


Updated 10:06 p.m. CT Jan. 19, 2017

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A jury convicted Taikwan Crosby of second degree murder with a weapon after close to eight hours of deliberation Thursday.

Crosby was on trial for the brutal death of a senior citizen who offered a then-homeless Crosby a place to sleep for the night in 2013. The victim, James Faucett, 60, was beaten, bludgeoned and stabbed in his Wisteria Avenue home in the hours after meeting the defendant.

Neither the state nor the defense denied that Crosby killed Faucett, but Crosby claimed he attacked Faucett in self defense after the older man attempted a sexual advance on the younger man.

The two men met at a Kangaroo gas station in Escambia County on the night of April 28. Neither party denied that Crosby got into Faucett’s car and went home with him. It was what happened next that was in question.

The state claimed Crosby was a desperate criminal who flirted and showed interest in an older man at the gas station in the hopes of taking advantage of him. The prosecutor argued that had the attack been self defense as claimed, it's not likely Crosby would have then stolen Faucett's car, tried to use his ATM cards, buried the vehicle's license plate and fled law enforcement, as Crosby's own initial testimony to police stated. Assistant State Attorney Bridgette Jensen told the jury that Crosby led Faucett on to believe the two would have sex, and Faucett ended up dead only hours later.

"Mr. Faucett can't tell you what happened, but his injuries can," she said.

The defense, on the other hand, claimed Faucett was a sexual predator who used Crosby's homelessness as a way to lure him back to his home to have sex with him. Public defender Marci McCoy told the jury that the state had failed to produce a complete investigation by skimming over potential evidence.


http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-leader/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=165049032

James David "Buddy" Faucett

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