Murder trial begins

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Testimony is scheduled to begin in a Decatur courtroom Wednesday in the murder trial of former Wise County resident Jake Charles Abel.

Jake Abel

Abel, 30, of Fort Worth, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, 43-year-old Soccorro Taylor, on Dec. 21, 2015.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, investigators discovered Taylor’s body buried near a home belonging to a relative of Abel’s in a rural area near Boyd on Dec. 26, 2015. Taylor appeared to have a cut throat and blunt force trauma to her head.

Investigators also went to the trailer in Fort Worth where Abel and Taylor lived and found what appeared to be blood spatter around the inside, as well as a piece of human skull that had trace amounts of black hair on it, according to the affidavit.

Abel was arrested for a parole violation at his mother’s house in Decatur and later charged with murder and tampering/fabricating evidence with intent to impair human corpse.

He has remained in the Wise County jail since his arrest two years ago.

The case is being heard in 271st District Court. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry is prosecuting the case. Abel is represented by Fort Worth attorney Christy Jack.

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