A Long Beach man has been accused of murdering his girlfriend’s mother on October 11, 2013, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed this week.
Steven Brown, 51, was charged October 16, 2014 for the fatal stabbing of Kellye Taylor, a teacher.
Taylor, a grandmother to three of Brown’s children, was stabbed in front of her students at Orizaba Park, allegedly by Brown, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Brown then fled the scene but was arrested later that day near Anaheim Street and Redondo Avenue.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Brown blamed Taylor for his loss of custody of his children, contending that she told authorities he abused their children who had been living with him and Taylor’s daughter, Tia Taylor.
Brown sued the Long Beach Police Department, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and several social workers in July, and accused Kellye Taylor of being an “informant,” The Times reported.
Brown was charged for the killing, along with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait that could have made him eligible for the death penalty.
The indictment, which supersedes the initial case, does not include the special circumstance allegation.
Brown is due back in court April 14 for a pretrial hearing. If convicted as charged, Brown could face 26 years to life in state prison.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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