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Judge certifies murder charges against Amanda Taylor, Sean Ball

Amanda Taylor charged with first-degree murder in death of father-in-law (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

MONTGOMERY CO. (WSLS 10) - A Montgomery County judge certified murder charges against two suspects accused of killing a man in April.

Amanda Taylor could be seen smiling and laughing throughout a portion of the proceedings Friday and smiled when police testified about the stab wounds found on the victim. She and Sean Ball had separate preliminary hearings on Friday.

Taylor is charged with first degree murder for the April 4 killing of her father-in-law, Charles Taylor. Her case was certified to the next grand jury session on October 13.

According to police testimony, she admitted to killing Charles with the help of her friend, Sean Ball. Ball also had a preliminary hearing Friday. Just like Amanda Taylor his case will also go to the grand jury on October 13.

Charles Taylor was found dead in his home with multiple stab wounds and blunt force injuries to his head and arm.

He was found on a sofa, where Amanda told police she stood over him and stabbed him multiple times after they discussed her deceased husband, Rex.

Police say Taylor and Ball went to the victim's home with the intention of killing him. The two had purchased a knife and a crowbar. A gun and tire iron were also later recovered. Police say after the killing, Taylor and Ball took money from Charles' wallet and began traveling to North Carolina.

Taylor's case was certified to the next grand jury session on October 13.