LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A 50-year-old man Wednesday was charged with murder for allegedly stabbing a Long Beach teacher in front of her students.
Steven Dwayne Brown was charged with one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait in the death of 53-year-old Kellye Taylor.
Taylor, a teacher at Huntington Academy, was with her students and other teachers at Orizaba Park in Long Beach on Oct. 11 when Brown allegedly attacked her and stabbed her in the neck.
In his first court appearance Wednesday, Brown was barely audible when the judge asked him several times if he agreed to a delay in his formal charging.
KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore spoke to Taylor’s sister, Mary Bryant, who reacted to the suspect’s demeanor in court. Bryant called Brown “a coward.”
“Several teachers saw what happened and were able to get the kids to safety. One teacher did assist the victim until the fire department arrived on scene,” Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton said.
Taylor was transported to St. Mary Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Prosecutors say Brown was in a relationship with Taylor’s daughter.
If convicted, the suspect faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Brown is being held without bail.