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After an extramarital affair, Charmane Goins told a friend he “had to get rid of” Lauren Taylor, a Georgia prosecutor said in court Tuesday.

Goins’ trial on charges of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault began Tuesday afternoon. Taylor was found strangled and burned in a Gwinnett County park in October 2014. Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Daryl Mans warned jurors that the pictures they would see of the body would make them “stay up at night.”

Goins allegedly strangled Taylor, poured gasoline on her corpse and lit it on fire in Deshong Park in the middle of the night, Mans said. Goins’ cell phone pinged down a route from Rising Fawn, Ga., where he allegedly picked up Taylor, and down to a location near Interstate 285. After that, his phone shut off, Mans said.


The prosecution also will present DNA evidence showing hair in Goins’ trunk belonged to Taylor, Mans said.

Wanda Jackson, Goins’ defense attorney, pointed the jury to another man who she suggested may be Taylor’s killer.

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Amanda C. Coyne, Atlanta Journal-Constitution |
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