PEOPLE VS. CURTYS TAYLOR

On April 29, 2021, a jury found Defendant Curtys Taylor guilty of First-Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder related to a homicide that took place November, 2016, in Arroyo Viejo Park in Oakland.

Defendant Curtys Taylor was pretending to be Laura Rodgers on text message and was the one communicating with the victim and orchestrating the crime and the pick up. But, Laura Rodgers is the one that got into the car with victim Karla Ramirez. Karla did not know Defendant Taylor was going to be there. Defendant Curtys Taylor was pretending to be Laura Rodgers on text message and was the one communicating with the victim, orchestrating the crime, and the pick-up. But, Laura Rodgers is the one that got into the car with victim Karla Ramirez. Karla did not know Defendant Taylor was going to be there. On November 2, 2016, at approximately 10:15 pm, Karla Ramirez picked up Defendant Laura Rodgers. She then led her to a creek located within Arroyo Viejo Park. Once at the creek Curtys Taylor stabbed Ms. Ramirez at least 36 times. After killing her, Mr. Taylor poured gasoline on his victim’s body and set her on fire. Mr. Taylor and Ms. Rodgers then stole Ms. Ramirez’s car and drove away from the scene. They attempted to cover up their crime and destroy evidence, but a thorough investigation by the Oakland Police Department and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office revealed significant evidence of their guilt.

In December 2020, Defendant Laura Rodgers pled guilty to First-Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Use of a Knife. Defendant Curtys Taylor elected to go to trial and was convicted on April 29, 2021, of First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder. Both Defendants will be sentenced together.

Ms. Ramirez was a volunteer Explorer at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and had dreams of becoming a police officer. However, her dreams were cut short by the defendants’ senseless and heinous actions.

“This is a senseless, tragic, and horrific murder of a 21 year-old woman who had her whole life ahead of her,” prosecutor Allyson Donovan said. “Her family steadfastly attended every court date for the past four and a half years, and we hope that yesterday’s verdict brings them a sense of justice being done.”

Deputy District Attorney Allyson Donovan tried the case, with the assistance of Inspector Nicole Elder and Victim Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

Posted on May 3, 2021