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Wendy’s killer bragged in slay rap: Prosecutor

A day after he masterminded the slaughter of five workers at a Flushing Wendy’s restaurant, John Taylor penned rap lyrics glorifying his deed, prosecutors revealed in court last week just before he was sentenced to death.

“I had to sell some crack, weed and even kill my boss now I’m the king with the crown if anybody [expletive] with me I’ll Huff puff pull out the guns and slow your chump ass down, so now you know how I go,” reads a handwritten page, found at the bottom of Taylor’s bag when he was arrested two days after the May 24, 2000 massacre.

In November, Taylor, 38, was convicted of killing Jean Auguste, 27, of Brooklyn; Anita Smith, 22, of South Jamaica; Ramon Nazario, 44, of Flushing; Ali Ibadat, 40, of Ridgewood; and Jeremy Mele, 18, of Neptune, N.J. while robbing the Main Street Wendy’s restaurant with his mentally-retarded accomplice, Craig Godineaux. Godineaux, 32, pleaded guilty and is currently serving a life sentence.

A week after finding Taylor guilty of all 20 counts he faced, a jury of eight men and four women decided he deserved death for the killings. Under New York state law, State Supreme Court Judge Steven Fisher had to abide by the jury’s decision, and the Jan. 8 court proceeding was simply a matter of Fisher’s making the death sentence official. The case is automatically appealed in accordance with state law.

But victim’s family members, attorneys for both sides, Taylor and Fisher all spoke about the case.

The author of the rhyme read by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Saunders brags of being on the “world’s most wanted show.”

“I said give me the doe you say no, no? is it no you said stick some lead to your head guess what punk now your dead with all that blood bursting out your Head...” it reads.

A handwriting expert found the penmanship of the lyric matched Taylor’s, Saunders said.

During the three-week trial, prosecutors argued that Taylor was motivated in part out of revenge. He had risen to a managerial position at the Flushing Wendy’s but was transferred out of the fast-food restaurant to another location due to poor performance and was eventually fired from Wendy’s altogether.

Taylor blamed his younger boss, Jean Auguste, for his transfer, prosecutors said.

Shortly after Saunders read the rap lyric, Taylor stood up before the court, and said he was “so so sorry.”

“I have never imagined myself to be part of something so terrible as this,” he said, as many of the victim’s family members left the courtroom and one called for Taylor to “shut up.”

Growing emotional, Taylor spoke of his fate.

“If taking my life will make each and every one of you feel better, take my life today,” he said. “Take it right now!”

Taylor also had offered an apology before the jury debated the death penalty, although he spoke at greater length last week.

At the beginning of the hearing, the victims’ families were given the opportunity to confront Taylor in front of the packed Kew Gardens courtroom.

Benjamin Nazario, brother of Ramon, told the court that his nephew would miss growing up with a father.

“When you killed my brother, you killed a piece of my mother, my brothers and sisters, and me,” he said.

Staring at Taylor from across the courtroom, Nazario raised his voice, saying he was sick of seeing Taylor’s “fat face.”

“I would love to see you suffer before you die,” he said.

Donald Auguste, brother of Jean, praised his sibling.

“He wasn’t just a manager,” he said. “He was a family man.”

During the penalty phase, the defense produced witnesses who testified that Taylor grew up poor and neglected. Two of Taylor’s children as well as their mother spoke, saying they loved Taylor, and he worked hard to provide for them,

But Jacqueline Hall, the mother of Jeremy Mele, said like Taylor her son had a tough life but dismissed the defense’s suggestion that Taylor deserved mercy because of his background.

“We lived in a tent for two summers, because I couldn’t afford the summer rent,” she said. “He didn’t get up and kill anybody. He got up and went to work.”

Joan Truman Smith, the mother of Anita, proudly waived a picture of her daughter in front of Taylor.

“Look at this. Take a very good look. Do you see her?” she said, holding back tears. “Cry, cry John Taylor. You know what you put me through.”

Smith said she did not believe the death penalty is a deterrent to crime but added it was appropriate.

“The pain will last forever,” she said. “But the death sentence will relieve some of it.”

But defense attorney John Youngblood disagreed.

“This is a sad and painful result,” he said, “one that brings more pain and sadness to a profoundly sorrowful case.”

Before signing Taylor’s death notice, Fisher offered his feelings on the case.

“In the end, there really was no answer to the question of why,” he said.

Reach reporter Alexander Dworkowitz by e-mail at or call 229-0300, Ext. 141.

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