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Christopher Paul Taylor, 33, Stillwater, was charged on May 31 with one count of burglary in the second degree and six counts of larceny of a motor vehicle. The charges stem from an incident on May 5, 2018, in which officers responded to a break in at a used car dealership on east 6th Avenue.

Court roundup: Stillwater man charged with multiple auto thefts

Christopher Taylor

According to a written affidavit, officers noticed multiple blood smears in the dealership where the suspect(s) searched the building. The officer writes that blood samples were collected from three smears in the business, as well as a piece of broken glass outside the business that had blood on it, which was just under a broken window where the entry was made.

There were six vehicles stolen from the business using keys from the dealership: a 2011 Ford Fusion, 2001 Jeep Cherokee, 2001 Chevrolet suburban, 2004 Dodge Ram 2500, 2009 Cadillac CTS-V and a 2008 Chevrolet Impala.

The officer writes that while he was on scene, another Stillwater Police Department officer located two of the stolen vehicles in a motel parking lot on east 6th. Motel management told officers that people had rented a room on May 4, 2018, and the two stolen vehicles showed up in the parking lot after this. The officer wrote that a blood trail was found leading up some stairs and ending at the room management had told officers about. A registration card for the room was under a woman’s name, but she had provided a bogus Stillwater address.

Officers got a warrant to search the room, which nobody was in when they entered. A key belonging to one of the stolen vehicles was found in the room, and two women were arrested as part of the investigation, and both denied taking the vehicles. They said Taylor and another man came to visit them at the motel. One of the women thought one of the men brought the car key into the room.

On May 11, 2019, another of the stolen vehicles was located in Oklahoma City. The man driving the stolen vehicle admitted it was given to him by Taylor in Stillwater. On Jan. 18, the officer writes that he learned Taylor was in custody at the Payne County Jail. Taylor had pleaded guilty on Jan. 14 to obstruction charge.

The officer writes that he got a warrant to collect DNA from Taylor to test against samples found at the car dealership. Taylor denied knowledge of the burglary and said his DNA wouldn’t match the sample from the dealership. On April 16, the report on the DNA indicated that Taylor’s DNA matched one of the samples taken from the dealership. Taylor appeared in court Tuesday, and the matter will be continued on the June 11 docket.

Stillwater man charged with domestic assault & battery by attempted strangulation

A Stillwater man, Skylar Brandon McKinney, 30, was charged with one count of domestic assault and battery by attempted strangulation on May 28, according to court records.

Court roundup: Stillwater man charged with domestic assault & battery by attempted strangulation

Skylar McKinney

A written affidavit says officers from Stillwater Police Department were dispatched to a residence on north Washington Street in reference to a domestic abuse in progress. Dispatch had told officers a young boy who was crying had run out of the residence and to a neighboring trailer. A woman had also come out of the residence with a bloody mouth, which dispatch told officers.

The officer writes that he saw a woman come out of the trailer followed by McKinney. The officer asked the woman to come speak with him while another officer who was on scene spoke with McKinney.

The woman said she and McKinney had gotten into an argument, but that he did not hit her. The officer noticed blood on the woman’s left hand from a small cut on her middle finger, and blood in the woman’s mouth. The officer told the woman he believed a domestic incident had occurred between the two, and that because of that he would have to call DHS and that they could take the child from the home. The woman then told the officer she and McKinney had gotten into an argument because the house was not clean, and that McKinney was supposed to have been cleaning the house with the child, and that McKinney was sleeping. The officer writes that the woman said during the argument that McKinney grabbed her from behind in a type of headlock, picked her up and threw her on the couch. The woman said that is when she received the bloody lip.

The officer writes he then went to speak with McKinney, and the suspect said he did not know how the woman had gotten the bloody lip. McKinney told the officer that he had been woken up by the woman who was yelling, and McKinney denied putting the woman in a headlock. The officer asked the suspect how the woman’s lip had blood on it, and McKinney said he believed the woman injured herself before the police arrived. The officer writes he thought McKinney was the main aggressor in the incident due to the woman’s injuries and the lack of information McKinney gave for the injuries. The officer then placed McKinney in handcuffs without incident and put him in the patrol car.

The woman told the officer that she hadn’t been able to breathe when McKinney had put her in a headlock, but was out of breath for only about a second. The other officer, who spoke with the child, said he learned from the child that the woman had been holding a knife during the argument. The child had told the officer that the woman holds a knife when she and McKinney argue because he beats on her often. The officer writes that he asked the woman why she hadn’t said anything about the knife, and she did not answer. The officer then asked if she was holding the knife for her own protection, and she said yes.

McKinney was booked into the Stillwater City Jail, and was asked if he wanted to tell his side of the story before being placed into a cell, and McKinney told the officer he had already told his side of the story. McKinney was charged on May 28 with domestic assault and battery by attempted strangulation. He appeared in court May 28 and the court set a bond of $5,000 with special conditions that he is to have no contact with the victim. The matter was continued to Thursday when McKinney is set to appear in court next. A surety bond of $5,000 was posted on Tuesday.