Clark, Taylor could go to trial this week

Published 12:50 pm Monday, July 26, 2010

The cases of Ida Hayes Clark and Steven Taylor will likely be heard this week in Polk County Superior Court.

Clark faces charges of accessory after the fact of first degree murder in the 2006 murder of her brother, Jay Clark V. Trent Allan Miller, also charged in connection with the murder of Jay Clark V, pled guilty to second degree murder last November and was sentenced to 13 to 16 years in prison.

Steven Taylor currently faces four charges: felony escape local jail, habitual felon, failure to appear on a felony and driving while impaired. In March of last year, Taylor escaped from the Polk County Courthouse, where he was scheduled to be sentenced on habitual felon and possession of a firearm by a felon charges. He was on the run for eight days before being captured. Earlier this year, Taylor was sentenced to 12 to 16 years at the N.C. Department of Corrections on habitual felon charges. He is currently being held at the corrections office.

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Superior court began this morning with Judge Phillip Ginn presiding. Clark is the first trial on the calendar, Taylor is the second and 16 other cases are listed.

Chris Abril, former Polk County Sheriff, is also on the calendar, but his case is number 16 on the list and will likely not be heard this session. Abril is appealing a driving while impaired conviction from last year. He was found guilty in district court on driving while impaired charges following an Oct., 2009 stop in Tryon. Abril appealed the conviction to be heard by a jury in superior court.