DA to seek death penalty in Gwinnett torture case

Rickey Taylor is accused of torturing a mother and her son. (Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office)
Rickey Taylor is accused of torturing a mother and her son. (Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office)

Calling the deaths of a mother and son “outrageously ... vile,” Gwinnett’s top prosecutor said Monday he will seek the death penalty against a Norcross man accused of torturing them last August.

Rickey Taylor, 28, was indicted on 19 charges, including murder, armed robbery and false imprisonment in connection with the deaths of 61-year-old Nicola Sramek and her 29-year-old son James Sramek, according to the office of Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter.

Nicola and James Sramek were found Aug. 7, 2016, in an apartment on Chelsea Park Lane with blunt force trauma and stab wounds after a family member could not reach them and called police, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Porter described the deaths as “horrible” and said “it involved torture, depravity of mind or an aggravated battery.”

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