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Plea deal for battery won’t be rescinded

A 60-year-old man pleaded guilty a few weeks ago to beating his girlfriend with a hammer.

But on Monday, he told Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck he wants to rescind his guilty plea because he believes his attorney knows the victim.

In July, Morris J. Taylor Jr. was charged with aggravated battery, battery with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury and criminal recklessness causing injury. In October, he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a Class B felony.

According to Taylor’s attorney, Quinton Ellis, Taylor believed that Ellis knew the victim of the battery, who once worked with Ellis’ mother. Ellis said he had never met her and it had no effect on the outcome of the case.

Prosecutors argued that Taylor had been extremely manipulative of the system.

Surbeck said Taylor will be sentenced next week on the charge as planned.

At the time he beat his girlfriend with a hammer, causing multiple injuries to her head, Taylor was out on parole for a Marion County voluntary manslaughter from 1994.

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