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Jermain Taylor, Champion Boxer, Faces 26 Years In Prison

11/20/2014 08:21 EST | Updated 01/20/2015 05:59 EST
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Boxer Jermain Taylor walks from the Pulaski County Jail in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Taylor is free on a $25,000 bond after the former middleweight champion was jailed overnight in Little Rock in connection with a shooting that wounded his cousin. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas prosecutors have charged champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor in a shooting at his home.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/11xp2v1 ) the 36-year-old Little Rock native was charged Wednesday with first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening. If convicted, he faces up to 26 years in prison.

Pulaski County sheriff's deputies say Taylor shot his 41-year-old cousin, Tyrone DaWayne Hinton of Jacksonville, at Taylor's home in Maumelle on August 26. Deputies say Hinton was wounded on his "lower extremities."

Taylor won the International Boxing Federation middleweight title in a Biloxi, Mississippi, bout on Oct. 8.

His attorneys have filed a motion challenging the legality of Taylor's arrest and asked that evidence collected from that arrest be barred from use in court.

They declined to comment to the newspaper on Wednesday.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com