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Police: Two Yakima Men in Fatal Fight were Cell Mates, Not Relatives

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Investigators now say the suspect and the victim in this week's murder on Cherry Avenue are not related, but did know each other.

It was originally reported that the victim Eric Taylor, 45, was the suspect's uncle.

Now, police say the two men are in fact not related, rather they were cell mates together as they served time at the Coyote Ridge Correctional Facility in Connell.

The suspect, Gage Rogers, 21, is accused of beating Taylor to death in the basement of a home on Cherry Avenue earlier this week.

Police say that when Rogers was released from prison Taylor's family actually picked him up and brought him to Yakima, where he lived with the victim until the murder.

"This is very unique how the facts lined up and how they were in prison together, and then they're out of prison, and one is now alleged to have killed the other one," said Capt. Rod Light with the Yakima Police Dept.

Thursday, county prosecutors officially charged Rogers with second degree murder, domestic violence.

They say even though the two men were not related, because they lived in the same home, the case still falls under domestic violence.

Rogers remains behind bars. His bail is set at $1-million.




YAKIMA, Wash. - Police say two men involved in a fatal fight in Yakima had been cell mates earlier this year at a prison in Connell.  

Investigators initially thought that 21-year-old Gage M. Rogers was related to 45-year-old Eric A. Taylor, but officers now say the two met at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center.   

A prison spokeswoman says Rogers served time for assault and animal cruelty in Ferry County and was released in January. Taylor serve time for an escape conviction in Chelan County and was released in March.

Police say Rogers beat and stomped Taylor to death during a drunken fight Monday in the basement of a Yakima home that belongs to Taylor's family.   

Rogers is facing second degree murder charges. Police haven't said what may have caused the fight between the two men.