Man accused of deadly hotel fire in 1970 arrested for armed robb - Tucson News Now

Man accused of deadly hotel fire in 1970 arrested for armed robbery

Louis Taylor (Source: Tucson Police Department) Louis Taylor (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson police have arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery in June.

According to a news release from the Tucson Police Department, 63-year-old Louis Taylor was arrested on Thursday, July 13.

Police say Taylor is the suspect in an armed robbery at the Riverpark Inn at I-10 and Cushing Street.

Taylor was booked into the Pima County Jail and faces charges of armed robbery and kidnapping. He was carrying a baseball bat at the time of the robbery.

He left behind a soda drinking cup which was used to gather forensic DNA evidence which led to Taylor.

Taylor was just 16 years old in December 1970 when he was accused and eventually convicted of setting a fire that killed 29 people at the Pioneer Hotel in downtown Tucson. He was sentenced to 28 consecutive life sentences.

Despite contending he was wrongly convicted, he was released from prison in April 2013 after pleading no contest. 

Taylor has filed civil suits against the city of Tucson, Pima County and the state for wrongful conviction for the trial that sent him to prison.

He has yet to settle, although possible settlements have been discussed with the city and county.

His attorney, John Leader, said Taylor has had a difficult time adjusting to life outside prison.

"Even people with only two years of prison, are sent to a halfway house before they are released back into society," he said. "Taylor was never given that chance,"

Several people who have tried to help Taylor adjust to freedom since his 2013 release expressed concern about his lack of everyday skills.

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