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Taylot 'didn't seem' upset after wife's death, deputy testifies

Moments after finding the lifeless body of his wife face down in their swimming pool, Robert Taylor prepared breakfast and coffee.

The murder trial for Taylor, a retired corrections deputy accused of killing his wife, continued Wednesday with a testimony from George Barbosa, the first deputy to arrive at Taylor’s Sarasota home when Taylor called 911 the morning of Sept. 11, 2008.

Barbosa testified that Taylor appeared calm and allowed him to search the house. The deputy also noticed his clothes were dry.

“He didn’t seem like he was too upset,” Barbosa said, adding that Taylor offered him breakfast and coffee.

Defense attorney Peter Belmont argued that Taylor was preparing breakfast because he is diabetic and needed to eat.

Throughout the trial Wednesday, Taylor remained expressionless. It was his 57th birthday.

On Wednesday, Brown played a recording of detectives’ first interview with Taylor hours after her body was discovered.

Taylor told detectives he had a strong relationship with his wife of four years despite their occasional arguments. Taylor also told them Pamela often tried to hit him, but he would block her strikes and push her back using Kong Fu.

“I know how to keep people away from me,” Taylor said in the interview.

The last time he saw Pamela alive was Sept. 10 at about 8:15 p.m. He was playing a computer game in a room of the house when Pamela tried to start an argument with him. That night, she had been drinking wine and scotch, Taylor said in the interview, adding that she developed a “nasty” attitude when she drank.

Taylor said he ignored her and discovered her face down in the swimming pool at about 8 a.m. on Sept. 11. Detectives asked Taylor how he was feeling. He responded, “I’ve lost so many people in my life that I’ve learn to continue my life.”

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