BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man has died from injuries he suffered in a New Year's Day family brawl, so the charges in the crime will be upgraded to second-degree murder, but the man's son, who is suspected of hitting the victim, remains jailed on a charge of attempted murder.
The Baton Rouge Police Department said Michael Taylor Sr., 53, died Tuesday around 8 p.m. His death is now the first murder investigation in Baton Rouge for 2014. Investigators are waiting on an autopsy to prove what killed him.
Michael Taylor II, 30, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the following charges:
Attempted second-degree murder
Felon in possession of a firearm
Illegal discharge of a firearm
According to Cpl. Ljean McKneely with BRPD, it is believed the younger Taylor hit his father in the head with a blunt object during a family brawl on Convention Street on Jan. 1. He added the elder Taylor was knocked unconscious. EMS rushed him to the hospital in critical condition.
Investigators said several shots were also fired and they think Michael Taylor II was the shooter. No one was hit by the gunfire.
Three others were arrested in connection with the brawl. Kimberly Dean, 40, is charged with rioting, inciting a riot and aggravated second-degree battery. Her son, James Dean, 22, and daughter, Devin Dean, 21, are also charged with rioting.
Documents show Kimberly Dean has been arrested 17 times prior to this arrest. The charges include aggravated battery, issuing worthless checks, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, simple battery, forgery, felony theft and second-degree battery. She has been convicted of simple battery and simple criminal damage to property.
Officials said the investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information on this case, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.