Death investigation results in arrest


The investigation into the suicide death of Keanna Taylor has resulted in an arrest.

Jesse Lewsader of the Paris Police Department confirmed Friday afternoon he took Spencer Haley, 28, into custody Thursday, Sept. 12, and charged him with inducement to commit suicide, obstruction of justice and possession of methamphetamine.

“This was a joint effort between the Paris Police Department investigations unit and the Edgar County Coroner’s office,” said Lewsader.

Corner Scott Barrett confirmed the arrest for inducement to commit suicide was connected to Taylor’s July 28 death in an outbuilding at Haley’s Court Street home in Paris. The outbuilding was later destroyed by fire.

“The investigation started July 28. It has been constantly evolving since that time, and it is still ongoing,” said Lewsader.

He also confirmed Haley made an appearance in court Friday morning for a bond hearing and was advised of the formal charges against him. Haley’s new file was not available for public viewing Friday afternoon, but it was Lewsader’s understanding bond was set at $25,000 and the state retained the arresting charges.

“I submitted my report but it is up to the state’s attorney to decide which charges to file,” said Lewsader.

Both Barrett and Lewsader declined to provide specifics about the case since it is still an ongoing investigation.

Haley’s prior felony history includes a 2015 Class 2 felony conviction for the unlawful use of property to manufacture methamphetamine and an unresolved Class 4 felony charge of driving while license revoked or suspended from 2017.