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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Bond Set at $2 Million for Bloomingdale Man Charged With First Degree Murder

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been set for a Bloomingdale man charged with murder in the death of his forty-three-year-old physically and mentally handicapped nephew, Damian B. Scott. Dominick Taylor, 50 (d.o.b. 1/26/1970) of 223 Freeport Drive, appeared in Bond Court yesterday where Judge Robert Miller set bond in the amount of $2 million with 10% to apply in accordance with a $2 million arrest  warrant issued on April 30, 2020. Taylor is charged with two counts of First Degree Murder.

On April 26, 2020, Taylor’s wife discovered Damien’s lifeless body in his bedroom of the home they all shared. She immediately called the Bloomingdale Police Department who initiated an investigation. It is alleged that in the early morning hours that day, Taylor, who was Damien’s full-time caretaker for more than a decade, strangled Damien to death in his bedroom. It is further alleged that after killing Damien, who was blind and unable to walk, Taylor, without permission, withdrew cash from his wife’s bank account, turned off his cell phone and purchased a one-way Amtrak train ticket from Chicago to East Lansing, Michigan without notifying his wife or family. Damien was brought to Glen Oaks Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 3:17 p.m. Following a post-mortem examination performed by the DuPage County Coroner’s Office, a deep tissue hemorrhage around the victim’s hyoid bone was identified which is consistent with manual strangulation. The exam also identified a healed fracture around the thyroid cartilage determined to be evidence of a prior strangulation. On April 28, 2020, Taylor was taken into custody on a local warrant in Michigan. He refused extradition from Michigan and a Governor's Warrant was approved. Taylor was brought to DuPage County yesterday morning.           

“Domestic violence comes in many forms,” Berlin said. “What I find particularly disturbing in this case however, is the fact that as Damien’s caretaker, Mr. Taylor was responsible for the safety and wellbeing of Damien. His mission was to protect Damien’s life, not take it, as alleged in this case. I would like to thank DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen and his office for their outstanding efforts in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Lee Roupas for his efforts in securing charges against this defendant.”

DuPage County Coroner, Richard Jorgensen M.D. acknowledged the extraordinary work by Deputy Coroner Michael Huthcens and staff in the investigation of the death of Damien Scott. “In the course of a post mortem examination, Chief Forensic Pathologist Hilary McElligott M.D. used her extensive training and experience to identify signs of strangulation and alerted officials of her finding that this case was a homicide,” Jorgensen said. “Her work was instrumental in the subsequent arrest of Dominick Taylor. The DuPage County Coroner’s Office is fortunate to have such diligent and experienced professionals who serve the citizens of this county.”

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.