Suspect in slaying has prior violent crime record

Jan. 04, 2014 @ 03:45 PM

A man charged in connection with a murder in November had been in jail almost 50 days at the time he was served with the arrest warrant for it on Jan. 2.

Clifton Carnise Rushing, 38, of 629 Creekridge Drive, Monroe, was served an arrest warrant and charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon while in the Union County Jail on Jan. 2 in connection with the death of Jimmie Taylor.

On Nov. 16, members of the Monroe Police Department with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation, the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Union County District Attorney’s Office, conducted an investigation into Taylor’s death after his body was found at 2511 Riverside Lane, Apartment A in Monroe, according to a City of Monroe statement.

According to Union County Jail staff, as of Jan. 3, Rushing had been in jail 49 days and had been arrested multiple times at the time he had been served with the murder warrant on Jan. 2. Before being charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with Taylor’s murder, Rushing’s previous charges were robbery with a dangerous weapon, resist, delay and obstruct, assault by pointing a gun, possession of stolen firearm and discharging a firearm.

According to the Union County Jail website, Rushing has no bond.

“It was important for us to close this case and deliver closure to the Taylor family. I appreciate the hard work of our detectives and officers along with the Sheriff’s Office, SBI and District Attorney’s Office, all who worked diligently to gather evidence that eventually led to charges filed against Rushing. I appreciate the hard work our detectives put in,” Interim Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said in the City of Monroe statement.

According to Rushing’s arrest warrant, on Nov. 16, he is accused of stealing an SD memory card with a value of $20 from Taylor by an assault involving a black semi-automatic Springfield XD .40 caliber handgun that he possessed and threatened to use.