MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) — The family of Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor held a news conference Thursday after the arrest of Raymond Moody in the Brittanee Drexel Case.
Reverend Lawrence Bratton said the Taylor family has been devastated by the justice system and the accusations against their son.
“It has shaken us to the core,” said Joan Taylor, Timothy Taylor’s mother. “The latest developments in the case of Brittanee Drexel confirm what we knew from day one, the truth that my son Timothy was suspected without any credible evidence of a crime he did not commit. My son maintained his innocence in the face of relentless pursuit by federal and local law enforcement, investigators and the media.”
News13 asked the FBI on Monday if Timothy Taylor was still involved in the case. The FBI said “The person we believe is responsible for Brittanee’s murder has been charged.”
The family said Timothy Taylor has endured enough.
“He has been legally cleared of these accusations and the public is now learning the truth, but the damage has been done,” Joan Taylor said. “His name and face will forever be linked to Brittanee Drexel because of a lie. That pain is beyond words. We’re not relieved. We’re enraged that it took this long.”
Joan Taylor offered sympathy to the Drexel family for the loss of their loved one.
“We understand the tragic loss of Brittanee, of her life, and it has changed her family forever,” she said. “As a mother of three, I truly understand. It pains me to even think about losing a child.”
Timothy Taylor was not at the news conference.
“For what was done to this family, they must be made whole,” Bratton said.
A replay of the news conference is available in the player above.
Moody was charged with murder, kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to warrants.
Warrants show Moody allegedly strangled Drexel on or about April 25, 2009. Moody also sexually assaulted Drexel on the same night, according to the warrants.
15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said evidence shows that Drexel was raped and killed at the Santee River and then her body was taken to Old Town Avenue.
Richardson said Moody is the only suspect and doesn’t expect any further charges against him unless the evidence changes.
Moody allegedly confessed to the crime and led officials to her body, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.
Georgetown County officials confirmed at a news conference on Monday that remains found Wednesday in a wooded area along Old Town Avenue in Harmony Township were those of Drexel, who went missing more than a decade ago.