Day One of Hammond Taylor trial

Hammond Taylor trial: Day 1

SALISBURY, Md. - In Wicomico County, day one of Hammond Taylor's murder trial began Tuesday.

The 23-year-old is the first of seven to go to trial for the alleged brutal stabbing and beating of Tavin Molock back in July of 2017. 

He faces first and second degree murder charges among others. 

On July 30, 2017, Tavin Molock was allegedly jumped by a group of men and two women who punched him, kicked him, beat him with a prosthetic leg, and then finally stabbed him and left him to die on a front lawn on Bethel Street. 

The state alleges Hammond Taylor was among that group that jumped him. 

Tuesday in court the state called Brandon Yards, who was also part of that group, to testify against Taylor. 

Yards has an agreement with the state to testify in exchange for receiving a second degree assault charge, instead of murder. 

In court, Yards testified he pushed Molock during the altercation, but Taylor also threw a punch and a couple kicks as well. 

During cross-examination, the defense tried to prove that Yards' testimony was not credible by bringing up the fact that he had initially lied to police saying that Taylor was never there. 

The state would also call investigators and witnesses to the stand Tuesday to try and prove Taylor's role in the fight. 

The defense is set to begin calling their witnesses to the stand on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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