Coroner IDs woman found shot to death on couch in Rock Hill townhome, estranged husband charged with murder

Man arrested after woman found shot and killed

ROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) - Police are investigating after a woman was found shot to death in a Rock Hill townhome Friday afternoon.

The woman, 48-year-old Julie Nicole Taylor, was found in what appears to be a townhome on Winding Way, off of Herlong Avenue.

Officials say Taylor was found dead on a couch in the home with a gunshot wound.

Her estranged husband, 47-year-old Christopher J. Taylor, was arrested late Friday and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Christopher Taylor
Christopher Taylor (Source: Rock Hill Police Department)

This is an unusually violent start to the year in Rock Hill Police, who investigated just four homicides in all of 2019.

“It was kind of crazy. I came home from lunch and saw these police cars,” said neighbor Austin Reiden.

“I turned around the corner on this street and there were police cars and really hadn’t ever seen anything like that before," said neighbor Gil Martin.

Police in Rock Hill say they typically only investigate about five to six homicides per year. Neighbors say they’re on guard because of the violence, but they still feel safe in the area.

“I wouldn’t be worried about the area, I think it was an isolated incident, a tragic one, but I have no fears for my personal safety because of this," said Martin.

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