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Taul facing murder charge


By Jamie Vinson
Advocate managing editor

A Mt. Sterling man faces a murder charge following a weekend shooting incident.

Mt. Sterling Police Dept. Det. Chris Haddix said officers were dispatched to the area of 411 Locust St. after receiving a report of shots fired at 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 5.

Haddix said upon arrival officers discovered Victor Wilson, 56, had been shot multiple times. He was transported from the scene by local emergency responders to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, where he later died.

Wilson was from Mt. Sterling, Haddix said. What led to the alleged shooting remains under investigation.

As of Monday, Haddix said, “We don’t know yet why this happened.”
James F. Taul, 53, also known as “Big James,” was arrested and charged with murder.

Bruce Jones, Wilson’s brother, said Victor was a caring individual.
“Even though Vic had his issues, he was a very kind person. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for you. He had a personal relationship with the Lord. He was very family oriented. His family loved him unconditionally ... we will miss him very much,” Jones said.

Another of Wilson’s brothers, Steve A. Wilson, said that when it came to family, Victor had no limits.

“If he had a million dollars, he would give it to you. If he had only $5 to his name, he would give it to you.”

Steve said his brother thoroughly knew the Bible “probably more than any preacher I have ever known.”

Steve said Victor had both strengths and weaknesses, but “he would do whatever it took to make me happy.”

“He knew what those weaknesses were, and he knew what his strengths were. At times we saw both of them,” Steve told the Advocate.
Victor was good with his hands, Steve said, and did painting, put up siding, helped build things, etc.

Several extended condolences on social media for Victor’s family.
BJ Baumgartner asked for answers as to what happened.
“If someone could please explain to me what happened to Victor Wilson I would be extremely grateful. I haven’t seen him in a couple years, but he was inspirational in saving my life.”

Carol Jones wrote, “A great man of God has been called home.”
Karen Kelley Roark said that Wilson “Had more love for our Lord Jesus Christ than anyone I’ve ever known! His love for Jesus was so contagious! I never saw him without a smile on his face and praise coming out of his mouth. He will be terribly missed! He always kept me ‘pumped for Jesus’!!! Why would anyone do this to him? Rest in the loving arms of God, Victor Wilson!!! We will meet again in heaven!”
Bonnie Grant offered condolences for the family. “No man knows the day nor the hour. ... So sad about this. Praying for comfort for the entire Wilson family.”

Funeral arrangements for Wilson were not known at press time.