Port Arthur woman indicted for fatal Pebble Creek stabbing; body found at front gate

Published 3:41 pm Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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BEAUMONT — A Port Arthur woman was indicted for the October 2019 stabbing death of her boyfriend.

Amesty Haley Smith, 23, was indicted this week for the death of Gerald Taylor, 24.

Port Arthur Police had been called at approximately 7:03 a.m. Oct. 12 to 4101 Jimmy Johnson Blvd. in reference to a man down in front of Pebble Creek apartments. Taylor, the victim, died from a stab wound to the left part of his chest, according to the probable cause affidavit for Smith’s arrest.

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A witness called and told police they saw a brown or tan older Ford Taurus driving out of the complex and saw Taylor fall out of the truck of the vehicle.

According to the document, a witness was woken by Smith and Taylor having an intense argument at about 6 a.m. that morning and by 6:40 a.m. the couple left the apartment and Taylor was in seemingly good health. Security video showed Smith’s vehicle at different stops inside the complex and at one time a view of Taylor’s leg hanging out of the trunk.

During the interview with police, Smith reportedly said she and Taylor left the apartment together then got into an argument and he assaulted her in the vehicle. She said he got out of the vehicle while still in the complex, though video showed he exited the vehicle near the front gate where he was found dead.

Another witness reportedly overheard Smith make a phone call and ask if she could park her vehicle in their garage, which is unusual. Smith reportedly had scratches on her face and blood on her shirt near her right rib area.

Smith denied causing any injuries to Taylor but due to evidence and above listed information, she was arrested for the murder.

At the time of the arrest, police said the victim died from a stab wound to the chest.