23-year-old found guilty in deadly Chesterfield mall shooting


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A jury found 23-year-old William Ezell Taylor, Jr. guilty of multiple charges related to a deadly shooting at Chesterfield Towne Center. The verdict was reached late Tuesday afternoon.

Taylor was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, unlawful wounding, three counts of maliciously discharging a firearm in a building, child neglect and carrying a concealed weapon. His defense attorney is requesting the three charges for discharging a firearm be absorbed into another charge. A hearing will be held on that in about a month.

Taylor’s sentencing is set for Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.

The shooting took place on June 23, 2020 and resulted in the death of Kimani Donovan, 22. Chesterfield Police said Taylor and Donovan got in a fight at the mall, and Taylor opened fired during the conflict.

Donovan died at the hospital from his injuries on July 5 after being shot multiple times and left on the food court floor. Taylor was arrested hours after the shooting on account of video evidence and witness descriptions.

For more about Taylor’s trial, read here: Murder trial gets underway for man accused of opening fire at Chesterfield Towne Center

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