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Aug 23, 2012 4:13 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Woman Re-Sentenced For 1996 Murder Of Flanders Teen

Aug 29, 2012 10:40 AM

A 35-year-old Riverhead woman was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison last Thursday morning for the murder of a 17-year-old Flanders native 16 years ago.

According to Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, Kalila Taylor, of Riverhead, was given the maximum penalty for the murder of Curtisha Morning, who was found nearly a month after being stabbed more than 90 times outside of the Riverhead High School and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services Building in Riverhead on February 29, 1996.

Prosecutors argued that the attack was planned after Ms. Taylor learned that her boyfriend, and the father of her child, had shown a romantic interest in Ms. Morning, a classmate.

The sentence was handed down by State Supreme Court Justice William Condon in Riverhead. It marks the second time Ms. Taylor, who has been in prison since 1996, was sentenced for the crime. An appellate court in 2004 overturned her first conviction, for which she had also been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, ruling that the judge in the original 1999 trial incorrectly instructed the jury to treat DNA evidence as direct evidence instead of circumstantial evidence. She was convicted a second time in a retrial earlier this year.

“It is our hope this second conviction will provide the Morning family with some measure of peace and closure,” Mr. Spota wrote in a press release this week.

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She's an animal. There should have never needed to be a second trial.
By suzer67 (51), nanuet on Aug 23, 12 10:31 PM
I agree with you the evidence was all their there was no need for a retrial.
By TrueFullSensation2012 (2), Riverhead on Jan 16, 14 3:02 AM
So was she walking around free since 2004? That's crazy!
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Aug 29, 12 9:51 AM
I have a lot to say about this story and the murder of Curtisha Morning. At the time when this happen; I attended Riverhead High school and I have been following this story for many years. Curtisha Morning was, and is my friend, my cousin and she was just like a sister and she will always be on my mind. She will never ever be forgotten. She was a good person she had a promising life, and its sad that anyone could be so outraged and want to take anyone's life for any reason. It doesn't matter what ...more
By TrueFullSensation2012 (2), Riverhead on Jan 16, 14 3:00 AM