The two were heavily involved in the illegal drug trade, according to police.
Holstein said the two had been fighting over money and that Straughter told Taylor, "Well, this is all I've got for you," before he started shooting.
Bailey said Monday that prosecutors provided a list of 32 witnesses to testify against Straughter.
"The defendant's former girlfriend would've testified she bought him an AK-47 at the Trading Post in Marmet," Holstein said.
In July, Straughter's brother, Tremain Deon Straughter, 32, of Charleston, was charged with stalking and intimidating a witness to Taylor's murder. He remains in the South Central Regional Jail.
In 2001, Charleston police charged Taylor, Tremain Straughter and Straughter's cousin, Antwuan LeVar Crowder, with first-degree murder for allegedly robbing and killing Gary "Gino" McGee, 21.
Tremain Straughter and Crowder were later acquitted in separate trials. They implicated each other in the case. Taylor, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery. Taylor earned parole because of time served and spent about a year behind bars.
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