Wrongful Death Man Accused in Death of UK Chef Faces Judge

After his co-defendant accepted a plea in the death of a University of Kentucky chef, the man accused of murder in the case appeared in a court room Friday for a discovery hearing.

Mark Taylor is one of the two men charged in the murder of Alex Johnson.

Johnson was reported missing in December of 2013. Investigators say that Taylor and his co-defendant Timothy Ballard lured Johnson out to a car where he was beaten to death.


His body was later found in a barrel in the Kentucky River. Taylor was on the run for several weeks after Johnson’s body was found and was ultimately arrested in a Texas border town.

Ballard pleaded guilty earlier this month to kidnapping and tampering with evidence in the case. He will testify against Taylor later this year.

Ballard has not yet been sentenced.

Taylor’s attorneys have concerns that they haven’t received all the surveillance video and/or other possible witness statements. They also expressed concerns that they have yet to receive the jury qualification form.

The Commonwealth has until Wednesday to respond to the defense’s discovery motion.

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