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Back in Florida, former deputy awaiting trial

MANATEE -- Robert Taylor, the former Manatee County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy charged with second-degree murder, has been booked into Sarasota County jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

Taylor, 55, was arrested Feb. 8 in Gravois Mills, Mo., and was held in the Morgan County, Mo., jail before being brought to Florida on Feb. 11.

He was booked into Manatee County jail first and then transferred to Sarasota, said sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow.

“He will just be housed down there,” Bristow said, and then face trial in Manatee County.

The trial is expected to begin March 18, according to the Manatee County clerk of courts.

Robert Taylor is charged in the September 2008 death of his wife. Pamela Taylor, 63, was found dead in the swimming pool of their home in the 7300 block of Caladesia Drive in southern Manatee, authorities say.

He initially told investigators that he went to bed around midnight on the night of his wife’s death and removed her from the deep end of the pool and placed her at the steps in the morning, according to a sheriff’s report. His clothing at the time, however, was dry and showed no evidence of having been in the pool.

During the investigation, details of an abusive relationship surfaced, and Robert Taylor’s recollection of the night’s events continued to change, reports state.

Robert Taylor also told detectives there were no life insurance policies on his wife, but it was learned that he had two policies, one being applied for two weeks before her death, a release states.

It wasn’t until late 2010 that Pamela Taylor’s death was ruled a homicide.

Robert Taylor served as a corrections deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office from 1994 to 2007.

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