Man injured in New Year’s Day riot dies

A 53-year-old man who suffered a blow to the head in a New Year’s Day riot died Tuesday night, and on Wednesday, the man’s son turned himself in on a variety of counts stemming from the riot.

But Michael Taylor II, 30, who police have accused of striking his father in the head with a blunt object during the Convention Street riot and knocking him unconscious, was not arrested in the killing of his father, Michael Taylor Sr., who died about 8 p.m. Tuesday, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

The investigation into Michael Taylor Sr.’s death remains open, McKneely said.

Taylor surrendered Wednesday and was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, rioting, illegal discharge of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm, McKneely said, which all stem from the riot that sent his father to the hospital and landed three other people in Parish Prison.

The attempted murder counts come from accusations that Taylor fired several shots at some of the people involved in the riot, McKneely said.

Kimberly Dean, 40, and her two sons, James Dean, 22, and Devin Dean, 21, all of Baton Rouge, were booked into Parish Prison on Jan. 2 on counts of inciting a riot. James and Devin Dean each have posted a bail of $2,000.

Their mother remains jailed in lieu of $160,000 bail, according to Parish Prison records.

The brawl happened about 7:40 p.m. Jan. 1 in the 1200 block of Convention Street. Kimberly Dean called her sons and requested they “come help her fight because some people were jumping on her,” according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The sons met their mother and went together to the Convention Street address where they “aggressively approached numerous people who were standing in front of a residence” and began fighting in the street, the affidavit said.