Hearing continued in Courtney Taylor case

Courtney Taylor| Contributed

WHITLEY COUNTY — Jury selection dates have been decided in the case of a Williamsburg woman accused of killing her husband and two children in January 2017.

Courtney Taylor, 44, appeared in Whitley Circuit Court for a pretrial conference on Wednesday morning alongside her council.

Before court got underway, both Taylor’s attorneys and Commonwealth's Attorney Jackie Steele conferenced outside the courtroom for approximately 30 minutes before Taylor was brought into the courtroom.

Judge Jeff Burdette, who is presiding over the case, said jury selection is scheduled to begin on March 2, and will likely last all week, finishing up on the morning of March 6th.

A jury trial is currently set to begin March 9th.

Judge Burdette noted that all motions at the present time had been ruled on and neither side objected.

A follow-up pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. as well as one in February, to which a date has not been set.

Taylor was ruled competent to stand trial in February during a competency hearing.

Taylor faces three counts of murder for allegedly shooting her husband and two children in their beds. The bodies were discovered after deputies with the Whitley County Sheriff's Department responded to the home near the Emlyn community to investigate a 911 call made by a concerned family member.

When deputies arrived at the scene, there was no response from inside the home, which led to them forcing their way through a back door of the house. Upon entry, Taylor allegedly aimed a firearm in the direction of the deputies before being shot twice.

She was taken from the scene to Baptist Health Corbin and then later transported to the UK Medical Center for further treatment. After being released, she was jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Taylor remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center without bond.

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