Report: Prosecutors sought phone records of Aurora shooting victim
By Erika Wurst firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2014 12:46PM
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:46AM
Before she was allegedly shot to death by her ex-boyfriend, prosecutors said 22-year-old Rachel Taylor was seen outside an Aurora home arguing with her accused killer.
This information comes according to a search warrant affidavit filed earlier this month in Kane County.
In the document, police said witnesses reported seeing the two in a brief struggle prior to Taylor being shot to death on Jan. 13 on Charles Street on the block that Christopher Whetstone lived.
Witnesses said Whetstone, 45, allegedly smashed Taylor’s phone during the altercation before he allegedly shot her in the stomach. Prosecutors filed a search warrant earlier this month to search Taylor’s phone records for clues that might help them secure a conviction against Whetstone.
Whetstone has been charged with first-degree murder. He remains in Kane County Jail on $2 million bail.
According to a search warrant affidavit filed on Feb. 4 in Kane County court, Taylor was found lying on the ground on Charles Street when police officers arrived around 8:25 p.m Jan. 13. Taylor had a blanket lying over her stomach, which when removed, revealed two gunshot wounds through her torso. She was breathing, but not conscious, the affidavit said.
After fleeing from the scene, Whetstone was found near Plum Street and Morton Avenue, where he refused to give police a statement about what had occurred.
Whetstone and Taylor, who had two children in common, had recently broken up, witnesses told police.
Taylor’s adoptive mother, Paulette Taylor, told police that her daughter had gone over to Whetstone’s house that evening so he could see his children, according to the affidavit.
Police said Taylor’s biological mother, Uhura Sasse, said Taylor sent her a text message shortly before the shooting indicating that she was going to Whetstone’s home to make it clear that the two would not be getting back together.
When police searched Taylor’s vehicle, which was found parked outside of Whetstone’s home, they found her cellphone broken into three pieces, the affidavit said. Prosecutors executed a search warrant on that phone to obtain call records, text messages and other information that might help connect Whetstone to Taylor’s murder.