One of the suspects accused of being involved in the murder of Calvin Taylor, 70, on Oct. 12, 2020, at a home on North Kentucky Avenue received his final sentence from Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self Wednesday afternoon.
Anthony Manning, 25, who was originally charged with complicity to murder and complicity to first-degree robbery, entered an Alford plea deal in early September to his allegedly involvement in the crime.
An Alford plea means that Anthony Manning is not admitting his guilt, but does acknowledge that if the case were to go to trial that there may be enough evidence to convict him. An Alford plea is treated like a guilty plea in court.
Anthony Manning’s plea deal amended his charges down to lesser offenses and required him to testify truthfully in the trial of his mother, Larayna Manning, 48, who is accused as the main perpetrator in the murder and robbery.
His plea deal amended his complicity charges to facilitation to complicity to murder and facilitation to complicity to first-degree robbery.
The deal also carried a recommended sentence by the commonwealth of five total years in prison. The commonwealth is also opposed to Anthony Manning receiving probation or shock probation in the case.
Wednesday afternoon, Anthony Manning appeared in Self’s court via Zoom while his defense attorney Shannon Powers appeared in person to argue that he be granted probation.
Powers shared with the court that Manning has already served 376 days in custody, making him parole eligible for the charges that he pleaded to.
Powers continued to explain that if Anthony Manning were to be granted probation, he would reside with his grandfather and would seek employment under his grandfather and would also seek work as a welder.
With that in mind, Powers requested that the judge grant him probation.
However, before Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling presented his stance on the request of probation, Self gave Manning a chance to speak on his own behalf.
Manning shared with the court that he has struggled with the guilt of his involvement in the case and apologized for his actions.
“First and foremost, I would like to apologize to the court,” he said. “I’ve thought about so many things that I wanted to say today and I’m lost for words, because I shouldn’t even be here today before you, Your Honor. I deal with the guilt of not knowing if there’s something that I could’ve done to change the course of my actions that led me here today and I’m just sorry.”
Boling then reiterated that the commonwealth is opposed to him receiving probation due to the case involving homicide.
“While his involvement was limited, his involvement still played an integral part in the ultimate crime that was committed of murder and robbery based on the transportation of his mother,” Boling said. “I empathize with his situation and scenario as well as his grandfather’s — I’ve had numerous conversations with his grandfather — but, I believe the commonwealth still has to oppose probation.”
After hearing both arguments, Self ultimately chose to sentence Manning to five years in prison based on the nature of the crime he pleaded to have played a part in.
However, Self emphasized to Manning that he is likely already eligible for parole and would likely be granted release after a short time.
“I do believe that Manning will be released in the very near future on parole,” Self said. “That’s not a certainty and I understand that and if he is not then the court would consider a motion for shock probation at the appropriate time, but I am not going to grant probation today.”
Larayna Manning’s trial is set to begin on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and is expected to last until Dec. 10.
Larayna Manning is charged with murder and first-degree robbery. She is also charged in two other separate cases with first-degree trafficking in cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, fraudulent use of a credit card under $10,000 and theft of receipt of stolen credit or debit car.
According to archives, Larayna was driven to Taylor’s home by her son, Anthony and had allegedly intended to obtain drugs at the home.
Larayna allegedly entered the home while Anthony stayed in the vehicle. While Anthony was waiting inside, he heard gunshots and entered the home to find Taylor shot and Larayna inside a bathroom.
Larayna allegedly asked Anthony if Taylor was dead and if they should call the police.
Archives state that Anthony allegedly told her not to call the police.
Taylor was later found by HPD officers with gunshot wounds to his head and abdomen and his mouth and wrists had been duct-taped, indicating there may have been a robbery.
Drugs, cash and a safe were reportedly missing from the home, according to the archives.
Also according to archives, another vehicle had also arrived at Taylor’s home around the same time the Mannings arrived.
It is not clear if Larayna had fired any shots.
In other court news, Self denied a bond reduction motion for Robert Jackson, 36, who is accused of reckless homicide for allegedly causing the death of two individuals in a vehicle collision that occurred in December 2019.
Jackson’s defense attorney Alison Mohon submitted the motion on his behalf roughly two weeks ago.
However, Mohon acknowledged that her bond motion had only been filed the day before Jackson was to appear for a regular pretrial conference hearing, which resulted in the commonwealth not having ample time to file a response to the motion.
Due to that, Jackson’s bond hearing was moved to Wednesday in which Christian County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Bolen was able to argue against the motion.
Mohon reiterated her arguments from the previous court appearance.
Mohon argued that Jackson had also received serious injuries from the collision and is still dealing with those injuries two years later and argued that while the court previously ordered that he be allowed all of his medications in jail, he is only getting them sporadically.
She continued to argue, though, that he is not a danger to the community and if he were allowed to be released, he would be able to get his medications consistently, which she said would also allow him to appropriate work on his case.
Wednesday Mohon also shared that Jackson is scheduled for surgery this month.
Bolen argued against reducing his bond based on his criminal history, which allegedly includes several marijuana and cocaine possession or trafficking charges as well as a DUI and convictions of driving on a suspended driver’s license.
Self sided with Bolen’s arguments and denied the bond motion based on the judge’s belief that Jackson would be a danger to the community.
“The court makes a specific finding that Mr. Jackson is a danger to others and we’ll leave the bond as is,” Self said.
However, Self did explain to Mohon that he would likely allow Jackson to be furloughed from custody to be transported to his surgery and that the court would revisit that issue closer to the date of the surgery.
Jackson is currently charged with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
According to New Era archives, Jackson was served a warrant for his arrest on charges of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment on Sept. 19, this year.
Jackson is accused of crossing the centerline of Princeton Road and colliding head-on with a vehicle driven by Misty Quarles, 32 on Dec. 23, 2019.
The collision reportedly caused Quarles’ vehicle to exit a bridge and land in a creek bed. Misty Quarles and Alexia Trump, 11, who was a passenger in the vehicle died from their injuries sustained in the wreck.
Two other passengers in the vehicle, Marcus Quarles, 34, and a juvenile who was referenced in the indictment as “G.Q.,” were seriously injured in the collision and were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, but were able to survive.