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Suspect in Triple Murder Released Pending Further Investigation

April 10, 2017 11:25 PM

Prosecutors have asked police to do more investigating before a suspect could be charged in a triple homicide at a St. Paul apartment building.

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office said police handed over the file Monday on 19-year-old Jeffery Arkis Taylor. Prosecutors say they reviewed it and decided they needed more investigation to establish the extent and nature of Taylor's involvement in Friday's events at an apartment complex on the 1600 block of English Street. 

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According to the Ramsey County jail, he is no longer in custody.

Steve Schleisher with Maslon LLP is a former state and federal prosecutor. He's not associated with the case, but called Monday's decision a prudent move.

"The prosecutors are doing the responsible thing by taking a step back in the face of a terrible tragedy," he said.

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Police said Taylor was the half-brother of 20-year-old Jeffrey Jemaile Taylor, who was eventually found dead by officers canvassing the neighborhood after a father, Wade McIntosh and his two teenage daughters, Maria and Olivia, were found slain. The girls' mother, Anita Sprosty, was critically injured.

On Monday, Sprosty's father-in-law, Paul Sprosty, returned to the apartment complex that he owns and that his daughter-in-law manages because he had to. He said someone had to clean up the grisly reminder of lives lost from each room.

Anita Sprosty was shot in the face while sleeping.

"She's way better today than she was yesterday," Paul Sprosty said. "We almost lost her."

He went onto say Anita doesn't know about the deaths of her loved ones. She can shake her head and follow commands, but still can't speak.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has ruled that Jeffrey Jemaile Taylor's death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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Jeffrey Jemaile Taylor shared an 18-month-old child, Cheyenne, with Maria McIntosh, one of the victims. Police say they found the surviving suspect hiding in a shed with the toddler, who was unharmed. The child remains in protective custody.

Said former prosecutor Schleicher: "It's very difficult to get any kind of meaningful information out a child at that age for the investigation."

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