Defense continues in Bradenton murder trial of ex-deputy

The murder trial for Robert Taylor, a retired Manatee corrections deputy accused of killing his wife, continued today with testimony from defense witnesses.

On Sept. 11, 2008, when deputies arrived at the former deputy's home in the 7300 block of Caladesia Drive, Taylor told investigators he had removed his wife, Pamela, from the deep end of the pool and placed her at the steps, an arrest report shows.

But during the investigation, detectives discovered details of possible domestic abuse and a life insurance policy. Taylor was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in February 2011.

If found guilty, he could face life in prison.

John Lloyd, a biomechanist at the VA hospital in Tampa, testified that Pamela Taylor could have fractured five ribs by falling onto a small crushed marble table days before she died.

The fractures were discovered during Pamela's autopsy. Taylor told detectives his wife had recently fallen on top of the table.

“First of all, a short fall can cause rib fractures," Lloyd said, adding that the "impact force" was sufficient to cause multiple rib fractures.

But prosecutor Art Brown argued that Lloyd based his conclusion on a few photos and part of Taylor's interview transcript. Brown also mentioned that Lloyd was paid $300 for every hour he spent working on the case. In total, he cashed in $2,100.