Paul Taylor was sentenced to death by the State of Pennsylvania for the murders of five family members. According to court documents Paul Taylor would use a knife and a ball peen hammer to kill his wife, two children and two other family members. Paul Taylor would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
Paul Taylor 2021 Information
Parole Number: BT2525
Date of Birth: 06/09/1960
Height: 6′ 04″
Current Location: PHOENIX
Permanent Location: PHOENIX
Committing County: YORK
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Paul Gamboa Taylor is scheduled to be executed May 14, said Maria Bivens, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections.
It is, however, unlikely, that this punishment will be carried out on that date, as Gov. Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on capital punishment in 2015. Pennsylvania last carried out an execution in 1999.
Taylor admitted to using a kitchen knife and ball-peen hammer to kill his wife, his children Jasmine, 2, and Paul, 4, his mother-in-law, Donna Barshinger, her son Lance, 2, on May 17, 1991. He did not harm an infant child.
He told authorities he was drinking that night and had used free-based cocaine before voices in his head told him to kill his family and himself.
Afterwards he tried to commit suicide by slashing his wrists, stabbing himself in the abdomen, drinking household chemicals and getting into a bathtub of water in which he placed a running hair dryer.
Taylor pleaded guilty to a first-degree murder charge. His lawyer Matthew C. Lawry later tried to have his death sentence overturned in several appeals by claiming Taylor was severely mentally ill. Lawry said Taylor at one point wanted to be executed.
Before his guilty plea was accepted, a psychologist and psychiatrist evaluated Taylor and found he had some mental illness but was competent.