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Police: Stolen car and cellphone data linked four people to killing of Catonsville Y sports director

Four people have been charged in the 2019 home invasion killing of a 31-year-old man who was the beloved youth sports director at the Y in Catonsville.

Police charged Aaron Butler, 48, of Elkridge; Donta Holdclaw, 46, of West Baltimore; and Elease Frazier, 27, of Northwest Baltimore; for the Nov. 5, 2019, fatal shooting of Jordan Taylor in the 4800 block of Clifton Ave., court records show. Authorities are searching for a fourth suspect, Khalil Madden, 27, and offering a $5,000 reward for his capture.

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Charging documents say that Taylor was shot through the front door while trying to stop people from breaking in. The intruders were looking for a safe — they left with nothing.

The case was investigated by Baltimore Police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and charged in Baltimore District Court, after investigators pieced together various records that they say link the suspects to the killing.

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Police released surveillance video three months after the killing, showing the suspects milling around Taylor’s townhome. Police said at the time they were looking for three suspects and a light blue Honda CR-V that fled the scene.

Police looked for records of any stolen vehicles matching that description. They found a blue Honda CR-V taken during a residential burglary in the 2500 block of N. Calvert St. on Sept. 10, 2019. Also taken during that burglary was an iPhone that was pawned the next day by Madden, the document show.

Investigators used license plate readers and found the stolen vehicle outside of a home in Baltimore County, and towed it to be processed for evidence. A DNA analysis came back with Madden as an “inferred genotype” match on several areas of the vehicle, police wrote in charging documents.

They next obtained an arrest warrant for Madden — for burglary and motor vehicle theft — and at his home recovered the keys to the Honda as well as a cellphone.

From there, they scoured call log and location information for the phone, showing six contacts with a phone registered to Butler on Nov. 5, 2019, prior to the killing, the charging documents allege.

Butler’s phone “not only hit off cell towers near the scene of the homicide at the time the homicide occurred,” but also earlier in the night when surveillance video showed people appeared to case the home. “Immediately after each of these instances, Butler called” Frazier, police say.

In the minutes after the homicide, police say, Butler had multiple phone calls with Holdclaw, whose phone records also put him in the location. “At no other day was Holdclaw utilizing those towers,” police said.

Police also found that Madden, the man arrested with the stolen vehicle, sent a Facebook message to Frazier — a screenshot of a post about Taylor’s murder on the Instagram account MurderInk.

Madden was charged with burglary and car theft more than a year ago in January 2020, and released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

A police spokeswoman said Madden has been charged in the murder, and has not yet been apprehended. The ATF is offering the $5,000 reward for his capture.

Butler is charged with 23 counts, including first-degree murder, assault, burglary, home invasion and attempted murder. Holdclaw and Frazier face 40 counts each; all have been ordered held without bail.

Jordan Taylor, 31, a sports and team director for the Y in Catonsville was killed in his home in 2019. Three men have been charged with his murder.
Jordan Taylor, 31, a sports and team director for the Y in Catonsville was killed in his home in 2019. Three men have been charged with his murder. (Photo courtesy the Catonsville Y)

Taylor had started working at the Y as a camp counselor during his teenage years. It’s where he met his wife and made his career running a youth sports program.

“We always joke that he was the local celebrity,” the Y’s District Executive Director Dawn Chrystal-Wolfe recalled in 2019. “He knew all the kids’ names and knew the things he liked and didn’t like. He made them feel valued.”

An outpouring of support for Taylor’s legacy led the Catonsville Y to launch the Jordan Taylor Youth Development Fund.

Andrea Jaskulsky, Butler’s attorney, said at Friday’s bail review that he has been working for the past year as a FedEx driver and had not gotten into any trouble, and asked that he be released on home confinement, which was denied.

Butler was sentenced previously to more than 8 years in federal prison for a handgun conviction, which was reduced to 51 months in light of a Supreme Court decision that changed what qualified as a violent felony. In that case, according to his plea agreement, police had been looking for Butler in connection with a non-fatal shooting investigation in which he was not a suspect; Butler told detectives he had purchased a .357 off the street for $200 a week earlier.

Madden’s public defender declined to comment.

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