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Mental exam requested for Jermain Taylor after latest arrest

Jermain Taylor (Photo: Pulaski County jail)

Prosecutors have requested a mental health examination for former boxing champion Jermain Taylor, who was arrested Wednesday on accusations that he violated the terms of his suspended sentence in three criminal cases.

Taylor, 40, appeared Thursday morning in Pulaski County Circuit Court. Judge Leon Johnson scheduled a hearing Feb. 11 regarding the request for a mental exam, court records show.

Bail for Taylor was set at $10,000. He was not listed on the Pulaski County jail roster Thursday afternoon.

The court-ordered examination would be the second for Taylor since 2015, when a series of arrests led his friends and associates to publicly question his well-being. It came after Taylor was accused of punching a man at a substance abuse treatment center, firing a gun during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock and shooting his cousin during a dispute in August 2014. He faced charges including first-degree battery, aggravated assault and drug possession.

The examination found Taylor was fit to proceed in those cases. He was given a suspended sentence of 19 years.

Prosecutors say Taylor violated the terms of his suspended sentence when he was arrested in August. He's accused of knocking a woman unconscious multiple times and threatening to kill her while holding a knife to her throat. The attack happened after Taylor, who had been drinking, accused her of being unfaithful to him, according to a police report. Taylor was charged with aggravated assault against a family or household member, first-degree terroristic threatening and third-degree domestic battery.

Taylor's attorney was not immediately available for comment Thursday.


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