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May 2011 , Page 10 

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State v. Taylor and The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Lab Scandal

By Mike Klinkosum

On Sept. 25, 1991, Gregory Flynt Taylor was a hardworking husband and father. At 29, he was married to his high school sweetheart and had an eight-year-old daughter who would tell him he was “the best daddy in the world.” Taylor enjoyed a good reputation at his well-paying job as a switch technician for a telecommunications company in Raleigh, N.C. But Taylor’s life also masked his involvement in the use of alcohol and drugs. He lived in two worlds. In one world, Taylor was a doting father, devoted husband, and loyal employee. In the second, he succumbed to the temptations brought about by the desire to party and get high.

Taylor’s life was altered forever on Sept. 25th. That night, Taylor went to the home of a good friend, drank beer, and watched a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds. As the game went into extra innings, Taylor decided to purchase drugs. He drove around in search of crack cocaine, and came across a man named Johnny Beck, from whom he had p

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