“They’re thrilled,” Ballard-Tangeman said. “This has been an emotional journey for them. There’s an element of closure that’s given to them, but it won’t bring Ilya back.”
Taylor’s attorney, Kate Bowling, told the jury during opening statements and closing arguments that her client was not the man shown in multiple surveillance videos of the incident shown during testimony.
“My condolences go out to the families involved,” Bowling said. “This was hard for everyone, including my client. The jury did their job, but he intends to appeal, so we’ll take it from there.”
During closing arguments, prosecutor Kelly Madzey told the jury that they had seen a video of Taylor leaving his apartment around 4 a.m. and that the clothes match the person in the video and match what Taylor was wearing when he was apprehended.
“In the course of (the crime), his buddy was killed and he later dumped that body in an alley, like a piece of trash,” Ballard-Tangeman said.
Larry Baker, 28, of Detroit, also has been charged with murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery in connection with Golub’s death. Baker has not yet gone on trial.