Administrator on Leave After Ex-Employee Arrested for Double Homicide

October 8, 2018

Tillery Taylor, vice president for student affairs at California State University at Long Beach, was placed on administrative leave after a former employee she was accused of having a romantic relationship with was arrested as a suspect in a double homicide, the Press-Telegram reported.

On Sept. 28, Jamie Jajuan Williams allegedly shot and killed his teenage stepsister and stepfather and wounded the girl’s mother just hours after visiting the Long Beach campus. Williams had a violent criminal record -- he pleaded guilty to burglary and attempted robbery in 1999 and pleaded no contest to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon in 2001. University officials told the Press-Telegram that the Associated Students Inc. hiring committee members were unaware of his record when they hired Williams as an equipment technician in October 2017. Williams left the college in March, the same month an employee alleged that he and Taylor had a romantic relationship, which Taylor denied.

During Williams’s visit to campus, he aired grievances about the campus to university police and in the president’s suite. He did not request to see Taylor during his visit. Terri Carbaugh, a spokeswoman for the university, confirmed to the Press-Telegram that Taylor had been placed on leave but would not say why.

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