A man recently living in Oakhurst was arrested for murder last week after a crash on Highway 41 near River Falls Road, shortly south of Road 222, led to the discovery of a dead woman inside the vehicle. She was identified by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office as Jessica Nelson, also known as Jessica Cartwright, 23 of Foresthill.
George Taylor-Windsor, 26, was charged with both first degree murder and attempted murder after he allegedly killed Nelson and attempted to kill Reid Kallenberg, who was transported to a Fresno hospital.
Preliminary autopsy results released last week showed Nelson died of multiple stab wounds to the head and upper torso.
Madera County District Attorney, David A. Linn, said that Taylor-Windsor, of Modesto, was charged and arraigned for allegedly murdering Nelson.
Taylor-Windsor was also charged with a special allegation for using a deadly weapon. The arraignment was held Nov. 17, in Department 22 of the Madera Superior Court, with the preliminary hearing currently scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Nov. 29, in the Bass Lake division.
Presently, the case is being handled by Senior Deputy District Attorney John Baker. Linn thanked Madera County Sheriff’s Detective John Grayson and Deputy Gerald Marin for their work on the case.
“This case will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This case carries a maximum exposure of life in state prison,” Linn said.
Shortly before midnight Nov. 15, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received calls of a suspicious man loudly knocking on a door in Oakhurst and yelling for help, Cmdr. Bill Ward said.
Around the same time, reports came in on of a vehicle crash on Highway 41 near Road 222, otherwise known as the Bass Lake turnoff.
Sheriff’s deputies and CHP officers arrived, finding a pickup truck had collided with a rock embankment. A man with stab wounds was found near the truck, and Nelson was discovered dead inside it. A third man, also a passenger during the collision, is being interviewed as a witness.
Detectives interviewed both the victim with stab wounds and Taylor-Windsor, who was detained at the crash then later placed under arrest. Taylor-Windsor’s residence was first listed as Evansville on the Madera County Jail website but was later changed to no address. Sheriff’s Cmdr. Tyson Pogue said Taylor-Windsor came to Oakhurst from Wyoming, possibly Evansville, Wyoming, and said the deceased Nelson was an acquaintance of others in the vehicle.
Highway 41 was closed for several hours at River Falls Road, but reopened the next morning.
The alleged murder is the third in the Mountain Area in four months.
On Oct. 22, two Oakhurst residents - Craig Anthony Fetty, 28, and Tiffany Dambrino, 20 - were arrested for allegedly murdering Dennis Dolan, 68, at his home in Ahwahnee. The two await a preliminary hearing in Madera County court.
On Aug. 6, Jason Jerome Henderson, 45, was stabbed to death during an altercation in the lower parking lot of the Silver Creek Shopping Center in Oakhurst. No arrests have been made.
Before this year, the last time murders were investigated in the Mountain Area was September of 2013, when Marc McMurrain and wife Jennifer, then 36 and 32, were arrested and later convicted for murdering Marc’s brother. Marc McMurrain is serving 22 years in state prison, while Jennifer is behind bars for eight years.