SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Homicide victim Willie Taylor's Sun Prairie duplex features portraits of a beaming Taylor and family members.
But the photos are in stark contrast to the stunned, grieving mood of his loved ones.
"We divorced," Michelle Taylor tells 27 News. "We worked it out, got back together, and we've been together ever since. Thursday night, Willie and I got into an argument. Saturday morning, he was murdered."
Authorities say Willie Taylor was fatally stabbed Saturday at the Fitchburg home of a friend.
Investigators say that friend's former boyfriend, 25-year old Dominique Hale, is the suspect in the killing. Authorities say the killer allegedly broke into the apartment and carried out stabbings, including slightly injuring his former girlfriend.
Authorities continue a search for Hale.
Michelle Taylor says she has never heard of Hale. But Taylor says her former husband's affair with the Fitchburg woman broke up their marriage and led to a December 2011 divorce.
Taylor believes her former husband was simply bringing the woman medication before the fatal stabbing.
Hale is on extended supervision for kidnapping and other crimes. In January 2009, Hales was sentenced to five years in prison. But electronic court records show Judge John Markson shortened Hale's sentence and ordered Hale released from prison in less than three years. Electronic court records summarize the rationale for the sentence adjustment without much elaboration: "It is in the public interest." Neither Markson not his staff members have returned a phone call seeking comment from 27 News.
Hale is also the father of Gregory Gant. Gant's teenage mother, Jasmine Gant died during childbirth at St. Mary's Hospital in 2006, when a nurse mistakenly administered the teen the wrong medication.
Michelle Taylor says her blended family with Willie Taylor included two of their own children, and two of her children from a previous relationship. Taylor says her former husband also was a father-figure to his siblings after the death of their father.
Taylor says Willie Taylor worked as an auto mechanic for many years at a shop on East Washington Avenue. Taylor says he's a Tennessee native, and his mothers plans to bury him in Memphis.
"I guess we'll follow Willie's body so my kids can say good bye one, last time."
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