Chicago man killed and dismembered his drug dealer, prosecutors say

CHICAGO — A West Side man killed, froze, and dismembered his long-time drug dealer after a series of physical fights that stemmed at least in part from his dissatisfaction with the prices he was being charged for narcotics, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Judson Taylor, 56, was “impressed” with his ability to speedily dismember the victim and told police that “dead people don’t bleed like he thought they would,” prosecutor Kim Pressling alleged.

Noting the “brutal and heinous nature” of the allegations, Judge Kelly McCarthy held Taylor without bail.

Judson Taylor (left) and Kelvin Perry | CPD

Pressling said the victim, identified by authorities as 37-year-old Kelvin Perry, went to Taylor’s home in the 5000 block of West Washington early on October 23. The two had known each other for years, but Taylor had become upset about drug prices, and Taylor had wanted to kill Perry since the two had a physical fight several months ago, Pressling explained.

When Perry arrived at Taylor’s home, the two argued, and Taylor began stabbing Perry with a knife he had hidden in his hand. Perry tried to run out the back door, but Taylor knew the door had been padlocked, so he “calmly walked there” and continued to stab Perry, who begged Taylor not to kill him, Pressling said.

Perry died in the kitchen after being stabbed at least ten times.

Pressling said Taylor folded Perry’s body into his deep freezer and removed it from time to time over the next few days to dismember it using a tree saw, a hatchet, snippers, and knives.

Perry’s girlfriend reported him missing on October 28. Streets and Sanitation workers found the lower half of his body under a garbage bag about a block from Taylor’s home on November 2.

On Saturday, November 5, first responders went to Taylor’s home after he called 911 complaining of breathing problems and reporting that he found two severed arms. But, instead of finding arms, the police found half a torso in a dumpster behind Taylor’s apartment building, Pressling said. Investigators found two arms down the alley Sunday evening.

Pressling said some parts of Perry’s body are still missing, including his head and fingers. His remains were identified by a birthmark and tattoos. 

Taylor waived his right to remain silent. During a detailed recorded confession, Taylor “gloated at how easy it was to sever the limbs,” Pressling said. She said he has three felony convictions, the most recent being in 1997 for robbery.

He lives alone and has five grown children, a public defender said.

Prosecutors have charged Taylor with first-degree murder, dismembering a body, concealing a homicidal death, and abusing a corpse.

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