Judge denies request to drop federal charges for man connected to Brittanee Drexel case

Timothy Taylor, 20, of McClellanville

On Monday, a judge denied a request to dismiss federal charges against Timothy Da'Shaun Taylor in connection with an armed robbery.

The FBI has long thought Taylor was connected to the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, but he is not formally charged in connection to any crime related to the Drexel case.

Drexel was last seen when she was 17-years-old, leaving the Blue Water Resort on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. She was there on spring break with friends in April of 2009.

A person who says he witnessed the possible final moments of Brittanee Drexel's life told an FBI agent she was sexually assaulted multiple times, murdered and then disposed of, according to a court transcript acquired by ABC 15.

The transcript is from a detention hearing for Timothy Da'Shaun Taylor, who is federally charged in connection with a 2011 robbery at a McDonald's in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

Court documents filed Monday show he planned and conducted the robbery in conjunction with Joseph Whiteside and Deron Moultrie. The paperwork shows, during the robbery, Whiteside shot the manager of the McDonald's in the hand and leg.

It also shows Taylor drove the car to and from the McDonald's. Taylor has pleaded guilty in state court.

According to the documents, as a result of their state court convictions, Whiteside was sentenced to 25 years in prison and Moultrie received a sentence of up to six years under South Carolina's youth offender act, while Taylor received a probationary sentence.

"While investigating Taylor’s involvement in a separate crime involving the 2009 disappearance of a teenager, the United States learned of Taylor’s 2011 armed robbery and pursued a subsequent federal prosecution," according to the paperwork.

It shows in 2016, Whiteside was indicted on federal charges related to the 2011 robbery.

The documents show Taylor claimed the indictment violated the Double Jeopardy Clause, the Due Process Clause, and the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause. He claimed it violated double jeopardy since he had already served time on state charges for the same crime.

The judge denied the clause, according to the paperwork, which states, "each of these arguments is without merit, and the motion is denied in full."

"What Taylor fails to recognize is that even if he had a state court conviction for the identically defined offense as he is now been indicted in federal court, courts have consistently upheld successive prosecutions by state and federal governments, recognizing the dual sovereignty exception to the double jeopardy doctrine," according to the document.

You can review the newly filed court document in its entirety below:

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