Strut Concert Shooter Convicted

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A criminal court in Chattanooga, Tennessee, found Rheubin Taylor II guilty on four of six charges related to a shooting at the 2003 Bessie Smith Strut blues concert.

The jury ruled Taylor guilty of voluntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, attempted voluntary manslaughter and reckless aggravated assault.

He was released, pending sentencing by Judge Buddy Perry on April 6.

He faces 3 to 6 years on voluntary manslaughter, 2 to 4 years on attempted voluntary manslaughter and 1 to 2 years on reckless endangerment.

Prosecutor Mike Taylor told the Chattanoogan that it was “an excellent verdict. I’m well satisfied.”

The jury did not find Taylor guilty of the most serious charges, including second degree murder and attempted second degree murder.

One man was killed and another seriously injured when Taylor and Timothy Beasley exchanged numerous shots outside the 2003 event. Beasley will be tried in March. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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