Melee breaks out prior to murder suspect arraignment
Several people were taken into custody Tuesday after a fight in the hallway of Providence District Court prior to the arraignment of a murder suspect.
Police said nine people were apprehended at the courthouse and other locations. Maj. David Lapatin of the Providence Police Department said they expect to charge two or three people with assault or disorderly conduct.
Police said the fight took place in the fourth floor hallway just before the arraignment of 18-year-old Joseph Taylor, who was charged in the murder of 20-year-old Davon Taylor.
Police said the fight involved friends of both men.
Joseph Taylor surrendered to police one day after police announced he was being sought in the double shooting that killed Davon Taylor and wounded his 15-year-old sister Destiny.
"I'm glad he turned himself in so that our family doesn't have to go through any further worrying and no one will do anything that will make this matter escalate. We want it resolved peacefully," said Lemonte Gill, the victims' grandfather.
Davon Taylor was sitting in a car with his sister on Wendell Street on Wednesday when they were shot.
Joseph Taylor was arraigned and faces charges of murder and felony assault. He was ordered held without bail.
Police told NBC 10 they believe Joseph Taylor was the shooter but said they're still looking for others in connection with the case.
Davon Taylor's mother told NBC 10 that while it won't bring back her son, she was grateful that someone has been charged with his murder.
Destiny Taylor's father, Carl Jefferson, told NBC 10 that his daughter is recovering physically.
"She's up, walking, eating solid foods. She's just in pain. Trying to get over the pain she's going through," Jefferson said.
Joseph Taylor isn't related to Davon Taylor or his sister, but police said they believe he knew Davon Taylor.
Police said that the two men are from rival neighborhoods.
Friends of Davon Taylor told The Providence Journal he was trying to make a name for himself as a rapper, recording music under the name of Splashy Roc.