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D.C. woman re-arrested for District Heights slaying

Prince George’s County police and sheriff’s deputies have arrested a D.C. woman — again — in connection with an April slaying in District Heights, authorities said Wednesday.

Kimberly Taylor, 41, had initially been charged with second-degree murder and related counts in the slaying of 32-year-old Raquel Israel, who was found dead inside an apartment in the 2100 block of Brooks Drive on April 4. She was arrested in May, about the same time police arrested and charged 40-year-old Jermaine A. Livingston, of D.C., with first-degree murder and other related counts in the case.

Taylor posted bond and was released, online court records show. It was only after she was indicted on first-degree murder and other related charges this month that sheriff’s deputies again arrested her, said Sharon Taylor, a Prince George’s Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Sharon Taylor said that deputies discovered Kimberly Taylor in the attic of a home on 47th Street in D.C. She said she did not know the circumstances of Israel’s murder, referring those questions to the Prince George’s County Police Department. A police department spokesman did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Israel had a broken hyoid bone — indicating she was likely strangled, sources have said. Police have not publicly discussed a motive in her slaying, though both Kimberly Taylor and Livingston have been charged with robbery in addition to murder.

Livingston, online court records show, was also recently indicted, though he has been jailed since the time of his arrest.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.


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