Ex-college football star Blaise Taylor is arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, accused of ‘poisoning his girlfriend and their unborn child’ before she died on her 25th birthday

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  • Local authorities determined Taylor poisoned Benning without her knowledge
  • Taylor was a football star at Arkansas State and was recently hired at Texas A&M
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Ex-college football star and current Texas A&M staff member Blaise Taylor has been arrested by U.S. Marshals on two counts first-degree murder.   

Taylor was indicted on Thursday night in connection to the accused poisoning of his then-girlfriend, Jade Benning, and her five-month old fetus in Nashville, Tennessee. 

On February 25, 2023, Taylor allegedly called 911 and reported Benning was having an allergic reaction. 

Benning’s fetus that Taylor is alleged to have fathered passed away two days later on February 27. Benning herself died on March 6. 

Following months of investigations by police, scientists, and the medical examiner, local authorities determined Benning had been ‘poisoned without her knowledge’ after Taylor visited her home. 

Texas A&M staff member Blaise Taylor

Ex-college football star and current Texas A&M staff member Blaise Taylor (right) is accused of murdering Jade Benning, who was reportedly pregnant with his child 

Taylor is accused of poisoning his then-girlfriend and her five-month old fetus last year

Taylor is accused of poisoning his then-girlfriend and her five-month old fetus last year

Benning was rushed to the hospital for what Taylor called an 'allergic reaction' before passing

Benning was rushed to the hospital for what Taylor called an ‘allergic reaction’ before passing

Taylor was indicted on Thursday night in connection to the accused poisoning of his then-girlfriend, Jade Benning (pictured), and her five-month old fetus in Nashville, Tennessee

One of several pictures of Benning from social media

Taylor was indicted on Thursday night in connection to the accused poisoning of his then-girlfriend, Jade Benning (pictured), and her five-month old fetus in Nashville, Tennessee

Taylor started for four years as a defensive back and returner at Arkansas State, where he set the school’s all-time record for punt-return yards.

During his time at Arkansas State, he was a team captain and a first-team All-Sun Belt selection. 

Taylor later worked as a scout for the Tennessee Titans, who play their home games at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.   

Before joining the staff at Texas A&M, Taylor served as a defensive analyst at Utah State in 2023. 

Texas A&M running backs coach Trooper Taylor is Blaise’s father. 

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