Not guilty plea in Portland Int’l Raceway death

Michael Eugene Taylor charged with manslaughter and assault, bail set at $500,000

Michael E. Taylor, 50, appears in court on Aug 24, 2015 (KOIN).
Michael E. Taylor, 50, appears in court on Aug 24, 2015 (KOIN).

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 50-year-old man entered a not guilty plea on Monday to charges of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.

Michael Eugene Taylor turned himself into the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday evening and was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Taylor’s bail has been set at $500,000. According to court records, Taylor “unlawfully and recklessly” caused the death of Anthony Mancuso.

The grand jury heard from 23 witnesses and read a separate report from Oregon State Deputy Medical Examiner Larry Lewman.

According to Portland Police, Taylor and Mancuso were involved an altercation on July 9 at a motocross event at Portland International Raceway. Investigators say that Taylor punched Mancuso. The punch, officials say, caused Mancuso to fall and hit his head and cause a brain injury.

Anthony Mancuso, 61, died after a fight at the Portland International Raceway, July 10, 2015 (Courtesy: Mancuso family/PIR Facebook page)
Anthony Mancuso, 61, died after a fight at the Portland International Raceway, July 10, 2015 (Courtesy: Mancuso family/PIR Facebook page)

Mancuso was taken to the hospital but died the next day, according to police.

Taylor was arrested and initially charged with fourth-degree assault. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office filed a no complaint on July 10, 2015 and the assault charge was dismissed and Taylor released from jail. The Multnomah County grand jury heard two days of evidence in the case and issued its indictment on Aug. 12, 2015.

In court on Monday, Taylor made no statements about the pending allegations. Judge Jean K. Maurer ordered court evaluation to determine if Taylor should be released from custody pending trial. In court documents filed July 10, Taylor told court staff that he was defending his son from Mancuso who he had described as a “bully.”

A court appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea on Taylor’s behalf.

 

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