Jun 8, 2011 10:23 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge swiftly convicted a Baton Rouge man of second-degree murder and sentenced him to life in prison for the 2009 stabbing death of his former girlfriend at an assisted living facility where she worked.
Twenty-eight-year-old Fredrick Jermaine Taylor, who testified shortly before state District Judge Bonnie Jackson found him guilty as charged on Tuesday, admitted stabbing Allison Vallien in the cafeteria at The Haven at Windermere on Sept. 4, 2009.
According to court records, the 27-year-old Vallien had obtained a restraining order against Taylor in October 2007. The order expired in 2008.
Taylor is the father of one of Vallien's children.
Taylor took the stand in his own defense and told Lyn Legier, one of his attorneys, that he was in love with Allison Vallien and "couldn't live without her."
Taylor said he called Vallien "a hundred something times" the night before the killing but his calls went unanswered.
Lead prosecutor Stephen Pugh reminded Taylor that a witness testified hearing him tell Vallien - "I told you I'd get you" - while he was stabbing her.