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Update on Incident at 5501 Perkins

October 21, 2005 -- Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 5501 Perkins about 1 a.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 18).

The suspect, Nathaniel Nevelle Taylor (b/m, DOB 11/12/76), was initially charged with aggravated assault, however, the charge has been upgraded to murder in the 180th State District Court due to the victim's death. Taylor was arrested without incident at his residence at 4410 1/2 Oats on October 19. He was in possession of cocaine at the time of his arrest.

The victim, Raymond Charles Mays, 31, of 4411 New Orleans #207 suffered a gunshot wound to the head and later died of his injuries.

H.P.D. Homicide Division Sergeant B.J. Harris and Officer T.J. McCorvey reported:

Witnesses saw Raymond Mays being confronted by Taylor in the parking lot of a local food market. Taylor produced a handgun and shot Mr. Mays once in the head. HFD paramedics responded to the scene and transported Mays to Ben Taub General Hospital. The motive for the shooting appears to be drug related.

NJM/MES 10/21/05
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