Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Attempted murder case against accused Ebby’s shooter heads to higher court

The suspect being escorted out of Ebby’s after being taken into custody. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

The case against a man who allegedly shot a painter at Ebby’s Auto Painting & Collision Repair in York County will head to a higher court in the coming months.

Michael Sean Taylor, 41, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon in the York-Poquoson General District Court, meaning his case is now one step closer to a trial.

Taylor is charged with several felonies – including attempted first-degree murder, shooting into an occupied building, 3 counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, two counts of abduction by force and aggravated malicious wounding – which can only be tried at the circuit court level in Virginia.

Taylor is accused of shooting Joey St. Clair, an auto painter at Ebby’s, on July 25. Sheriff’s office investigators have said the shooting was domestic-related.

A criminal complaint filed in the York-Poquoson General District Court says Taylor came up to an employee outside in front of Ebby’s and demanded to see “Joey the painter,” shot a handgun downward into a pillar at the front entrance of the business 

Taylor “forced” the man and another employee to lead him into the back garage of the shop, where he fired another shot into a vehicle and demanded to see St. Clair.

Police armed with riot gear arrive on the scene. They moved through the parking lot of Hardee’s, located across second Street from Ebby’s. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

When the three men went into another bay where St. Clair was working on a vehicle, Taylor allegedly fired a round into St. Clair’s abdomen, causing him to fall to the floor.

Taylor shot St. Clair several more times when he was on the ground, documents state.

Taylor barricaded himself inside the building for several hours following the shooting, sheriff’s office officials said.

The complaint states Taylor admitted to shooting St. Clair after he was apprehended.

“The accused admitted to getting up the morning of 7/25/2017, retrieving two of his handguns and a shotgun, and going to Ebby’s with the intention of shooting Joseph St. Clair,” the complaint states. “During the interview, the accused stated that he ‘…hopes that mother f—-r dies.’”

WYDaily archives were used in this story.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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