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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Bloomingdale Man Charged With First Degree Murder

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Bloomingdale Director of Public Safety Frank Giammarese announced today that a Bloomingdale man has been charged with murder in the death of his nephew, Damian B. Scott. Charged with two counts of First Degree Murder is Dominick Taylor, 50 (d.o.b. 1/26/1970) of 223 Freeport Drive. Taylor is currently in custody in the Ingham County, Michigan, jail. Extradition proceedings are pending.

 

 According to the complaint filed in DuPage County on April 29, 2020, it is alleged that “on or between the 25th of April, 2020 and the 26th of April 2020” Taylor, “without legal justification strangled Damian B. Scott thereby causing the death of Damian B Scott.” Also on April 29, 2020, Judge Kavita Athanikar issued a $2 million with 10% to apply arrest warrant for Taylor. Taylor was located and taken into custody on April 28, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.

 

 “In the throes of a deadly pandemic, the apprehension of a man who allegedly fled the state after committing a brutal murder speaks volumes to the dedication of law enforcement in DuPage County,” Berlin said. “I could not be more proud of the efforts exhibited by all those involved including the Bloomingdale Police Department, members of the MERIT task force, investigators from my office and Assistant State’s Attorney Lee Roupas. I would like to thank DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen and his office for their efforts in this case. I would also like to commend the Lansing Police Department, the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office and the Michigan State Police for their outstanding work and assistance in this investigation.”

 

 “We, as a police department, are saddened by the senseless death of Damian Scott,” Giammarese said. “During these trying times, law enforcement is faced with so many challenges. I am exceptionally proud of the commitment and dedication of our staff, and all law enforcement involved in this case.”

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.