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UPDATE: Michael Taylor arraigned in court

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Michael Taylor was charged with murder. Michael Taylor was charged with murder.
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UPDATE: Michael Taylor was arraigned before a Superior Court.

A hearing has been scheduled for July 23 to set the trial and record dates.

Taylor was charged on July 7th with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm by serious violent felon.


PREVIOUS: Formal charges have been filed against Michael Taylor for his alleged role in the shooting death of Michael Gillam over the weekend in South Bend.

Taylor, 55, has been charged with Murder and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon with an additional sentencing enhancement for being a habitual offender. Court documents cite two previous felony convictions on Taylor's record. Gillam was found shot to death shortly after midnight Sunday morning inside a building at 229 N. Olive St. On Monday morning, crews responded to a fire set at the same location.

In court documents, police report that Taylor told them that Gillam, 55, was a friend of his and that his gun accidentally discharged during a fight with another person at the scene. Police say Taylor told them he went to the location at 229 N. Olive St. because it was a known gambling establishment, and he expected to confront a man he suspected of robbing him at another location where he had been gambling. When Taylor found the man he was looking for, he told police a fight began.

The full affidavit can be accessed here. (WARNING: Profanity)

FOX28 asked South Bend Police Capt. Phil Trent about the gambling establishments identified in the affidavit at "Whiz's Car Wash" and 229 N. Olive St. Capt. Trent said "Gambling activity and the maintaining of a gambling hall is certainly illegal. Our knowledge of these and other operations are a matter of criminal intelligence and we do not wish to comment on our database of priorities."

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