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Port Arthur murder suspect held on $750,000 bond

Police in Port Arthur have identified Amesty Haley Smith, 23, as the person arrested in connection with Saturday’s fatal stabbing of Gerald Taylor, 24, of Port Arthur.

Smith is being held on a $750,000 bond and is under a mental health hold, according to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility records.

Det. Mike Hebert said Smith and the deceased were in a relationship but did not elaborate further on their connection. It is also unknown if there had been family violence calls to police regarding the couple.

Port Arthur Police Department dispatch received a 911 call of a person down at Pebble Creek Apartments, 4251 Jimmy Johnson Blvd, on Saturday morning.

When they arrived, officers found Taylor deceased with a stab wound to his chest.

Hebert said it is his understanding that Taylor was found in front of one of the buildings at the complex.

Smith was taken into custody at the scene.

PAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division is handling the case.

Taylor’s death marks the sixth confirmed homicide in the city for 2019.