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Jury will soon decide fate of murder suspect Ricardo Taylor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Police say on Aug. 2, 2012, Ricardo Taylor took three people hostage after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.

The 27-year-old is charged with two counts of murder, first degree assault and three counts of kidnapping -- among other crimes -- in relation to that day.

The situation led to a standoff with the LMPD SWAT team at an apartment on S. Jackson in Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood. Police say Taylor held his victims at gunpoint before shooting all three of them.

Tela Harvey and Osman Omor were killed, while another victim -- Cheryl Bagwell -- survived. She testified in front of the jury last week.

Taylor's father Ricardo Ordway has been in court every day since the trial started March 2.

"I'm sorry for the victim's family. I know they're suffering just as well as we're suffering, but I know they're suffering a whole lot more," said Ricardo Ordway.

He says he doesn't know what happened but he knows his son isn't a monster.

"Heartbreaking for both sides of the family," Ordway told WDRB.

The jury also heard from Ricardo Taylor's ex-girlfriend who testified about threatening messages she got from Taylor the day of the murders.

Prosecutors say Taylor is guilty and deserves life in prison, while the defense argues Taylor is not mentally fit.

They called on an expert Monday who told the jury Taylor has intellectual disabilities.

The expert told the jury Taylor has PTSD, blaming frequent trauma in his life.

Ordway says it's hard to hear lawyers question his son's mental state inside a courtroom.

"A lot of this I never knew myself. A lot of this stuff is coming out and I'm just now finding out about it in court. Maybe the system needs to get more help for people like him," he said.

Ordway wouldn't say what sentence he thinks his son deserves.

"I'm not trying to look for no leniency for my son. I want him to get help," he told WDRB.

Taylor could get life without parole if convicted.

Closing arguments will happen Tuesday morning and the case will likely be given to the jury that afternoon.

Taylor has the right to testify but told Judge Mitch Perry he doesn't want to.

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