LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Thursday evening officers with the Corrigan Police Department arrested the 51-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his wife at Lufkin's Ministry in Action Living Center on Kurth Drive earlier that day.
Memorial Hospital spokesperson, Yana Olgetree, said the victim, Shirley Taylor, died just before 6 o'clock Thursday evening from injuries sustained in the stabbing.
Lt. Jerry Grisson of the Corrigan Police Department said his officers acted on a tip from a resident. They were able to locate Richard Wayne Taylor about a mile south of Corrigan on U.S. Highway 59 south. Taylor was walking south when they found him, and Grissom said they believe the stabbing suspect ditched his car in Diboll and walked to Corrigan.
Taylor went into a Corrigan store and bought a change of clothes before continuing on his way, Grissom said.
Grissom said Taylor didn't try to resist the Corrigan officers who arrested him; he simply told them that he wanted to talk to his lawyer.
Corrigan Police officers arrested Richard Wayne Taylor around 5 p.m. He was transported to the Angelina County Jail Thursday night.
According to Det. J.B. Smith of the Lufkin Police Department, Richard Taylor fled the scene in a green Dodge Intrepid sedan, and was believed to be armed and dangerous.
Smith said Richard Taylor was visiting his wife, Shirley Taylor at the living center. Another family member was at the home, and he or she heard a commotion in the other room. Smith said the family member told police that Shirley Taylor screamed that her husband was trying to kill her.
When the relative ran to see what was going on, she found that Shirley Taylor had been stabbed in the stomach.
Richard Taylor ran out the back door and fled the scene at that point, Smith said.
Smith said that at this time Taylor is being charged with Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. Taylor is also being held on a blue warrant for an aggravated Assault, a first degree felony. Bond has not been set yet. Any additional charges will be determined by the District Attorney's office.