Benton County man dead, 15-year-old facing murder charge

Benton County authorities said the teen is facing a murder charge in the death of Shane Taylor, 54.
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BENTON CO., Wash. – Benton County authorities have arrested a 15-year-old boy in the killing of a man in a rural community.

According to Lieutenant Jason Erickson with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the 27,000 block of Ambassador PR Thursday night for reports of a fight.

The deputies said the 15-year old boy and an adult woman were at the home. They said they found Shane Taylor, 54, suffering from multiple injuries. Despite authorities trying to give first aid to Taylor, he died at the scene.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office said it appeared Taylor and the woman had been fighting and the teen got involved in the fight. Investigators said it appeared the teen caused several of the injuries to Taylor and he was arrested.

According to Erickson’s release given to media, the information is preliminary, but the boy is facing a 2nd degree murder charge. The boy is currently in the Benton Franklin Juvenile Justice Center.

The investigation into the case is ongoing and charges could change. We will continue to keep you updated.

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