A prosecutor said a Wilmington man used a machete in a series of Sunday morning attacks that left a mother and her young daughter dead and another woman and child injured.
District Attorney Ben David said autopsies would determine what weapon was used to kill Yawanda Felecia Doe, 35, and her 20-month-old daughter. David confirmed that a machete caused the injuries to a 3-year-old and another woman, Michelle Dukes, who was in a parking lot at Greentree Apartments off N. Kerr Avenue, before Taylor allegedly took the woman’s keys and tried to take her car. Doe and her daughter were found dead in a car nearby.
Darrell Gerard Taylor, 34, made his first court appearance this morning (9.28.2015) in New Hanover County surrounded by deputies. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Doe and her daughter. He is also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
When police arrived at the scene before 7 a.m. they say they found Taylor, who was armed, and took him into custody. Investigators have not released a motive for the killings and attacks.
A search of birth records list Doe and Taylor as the parents of a girl born in December 2013. A search of Doe as a mother also turns up a boy born in September 2012. Both children have the last name Doe-Taylor.
David said he expects grand jury indictments against Taylor. Prosecutors must also decide if they will seek the death penalty against Taylor, who a judge appointed the Capital Defender Office to represent. The judge also denied Taylor a bond.
Doe’s family was in court this morning (9.28.2015). David said he had a very emotional meeting with them.