Parole denied to son who killed father

Convicted murderer tells board he's not suitable for release

A man who shot and killed his father in his family's basement in East Palo Alto will remain in prison after being denied parole on Tuesday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Stephen Dwayne Taylor, 52, is serving a 22 years-to-life sentence for the May 30, 1988, second-degree murder of his father during an argument in his father's Weeks Street home in East Palo Alto. Taylor, who was then 24, did not live at the residence, but he went there to confront his father, Wagstaffe said. During prior parole hearings he claimed his father had the gun that went off accidentally during the struggle, striking the father in the chest.

Tuesday's hearing was Taylor's fifth time before a parole board, though the 52-year-old admitted he is not suitable for release, Wagstaffe said. Taylor also admitted he was not ready for parole during previous hearings in 2010 and 2014. He has been convicted of additional crimes while in prison. Taylor will not be eligible for another parole hearing for five years.

He was found guilty of second-degree murder and personal use of a firearm after a 21-day trial on Feb. 10, 1989. He had a previous conviction for residential burglary and ordered to serve five years in prison, which was added to his sentence.


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