Man killed in early morning fight in Johnson City

An early morning altercation left one man dead and another arrested in Johnson City.

Matthew Dye, 19, was charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Gary L. Taylor, 41.

Police responded to a call from a home at 222 East Maple Street, in the Tree Streets neighborhood of Johnson City, at 1:19 a.m. on Wednesday morning. They arrived to find a man lying on the front lawn with a stab wound to his back. The murder weapon, a kitchen knife, was protruding from the wound. The man was later identified as, Mr. Gary L. Taylor.

A neighbor said that he heard a commotion early that morning, but did not know what happened.

“We saw a bunch of policeman searching for something. They seemed like they were searching for someone,” said the neighbor who did not want to be identified. “There was a whole bunch of chaos. We saw an ambulance take out a stretcher. We didn’t know the whole scenario.”

Emergency medical personnel attempted life-saving procedures on Mr. Taylor, but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Dye fled on foot and was later apprehended in the rear parking lot of the Quality Inn on South Roan Street.

The manager of the Quality Inn, Kim Fleenor, said that the police came to the hotel front door to make sure the doors were locked and relayed to the front desk attendant that there was a suspect in the parking lot. “He was not a guest in the hotel,” she said. She said she called a friend of hers on the police force to find out what was going on and later found out that Mr. Taylor was Mr. Dye’s step-father.

Mr. Dye was taken to the Johnson City Police Department for questioning where he confessed to the crime.

Police said a fight between Mr. Dye and the victim led to the stabbing. Detectives would not release information regarding the cause of the fight pending further investigation

Mr. Dye is currently being held in the Washington County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.