The Bribed Juror In Eddie’s First Trial


May, 1990 – There was a hung jury in the Eddie Nash Wonderland murder trial. 11-1 to convict. An 18 year old female juror accepted a $50,000 bribe to help sway her decision. I don’t know what happened to her legally, if anything, but I am trying to find out. Several sources over the years have stated that she took the bribe, including the authorities and a few crime writers.

Her name is below…and well, I found her. She is 42 years old now and her last known address is VERY close to where Joy’s small apartment is located close to South Bonnie Brae near Dodger Stadium. Westlake North.

I talked to her on FB, and we are supposed to be doing an interview soon over the phone, but she is supposed to be calling me. We. Shall. See. Because I don’t have $50,000.

All the cash is at the Starwood.

Shaunte L. Taylor. She is 43 now.

Shaunte L. Taylor. I hope she did something good with the money.

May 16, 1990 | L.A. Times | John Kendall

But before accepting foreman Robert Burke’s opinion that the panelists would be unable to reach a decision on Nash’s guilt or innocence, Rappe sent them back to decide whether there was a chance that further deliberations might result in a verdict.

Burke led the jurors back into the courtroom a few minutes later, however, and told Rappe, “There is nothing that’s going to change anything.”

Later, outside court, Burke told reporters that the jury was deadlocked 11-1 for conviction.

“One juror did not feel that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Burke declared. “I thought he was guilty myself.”

“Personally, I believe he was not guilty,” the holdout, Shaunte Taylor, 18, of Los Angeles, told reporters. “The prosecution did not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Taylor described prosecution witnesses as “liars” who testified in exchange for favors, such as shorter sentences in other cases. The young woman said she withstood great pressure from fellow jurors, who wanted her to change her mind.

“I’m very disappointed,” said defense attorney Jeff Brodey. “I hate to have to try this again.”

Deputy Dist. Atty. Dale Davidson said the mistrial represented four months of work “down the drain.”

“It’s unfortunate,” he said. “We’ll try again.”

After years of insistence that they knew who committed the Laurel Canyon murders, authorities formally charged Nash and Diles two years ago, alleging they had unearthed new evidence.

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