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Former Manatee deputy charged with killing wife in 2008

MANATEE -- A former Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy has been arrested in Missouri on charges he killed his wife in Bradenton in September 2008, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The death of Pamela Taylor, 63, was originally believed to have been a drowning. But after continued investigation, detectives determined that her husband Robert Taylor, 55, killed his wife, according to a news release.

Robert Taylor told investigators that he awoke the morning of Sept. 11, 2008, to find his wife dead in the swimming pool of their home in the 7300 block of Caladesia Drive in south Manatee County.

But an autopsy determined that Pamela Taylor had suffered blunt force trauma, and in interviews with detectives Taylor made statements that included "inconsistencies," according to the sheriff's office. The medical examiner later ruled the case a homicide.

Investigators also learned that Pamela Taylor had been a victim of "repeated domestic violence" by her husband, the release states.

"Taylor told detectives there were no life insurance policies on his wife but it was learned that Taylor had two policies with one of them being applied for two weeks before her death," the release states.

Robert Taylor was arrested Tuesday in Gravois Mills, Mo., on a warrant charging him with second-degree murder. He was being held in the Morgan County, Mo. jail, and detectives were expecting to bring him back to Manatee sometime in the next week, according to the report.

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

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