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New Texas A&M assistant Blaise Taylor charged in poisoning deaths of girlfriend and unborn child

BRYAN, Texas (KOLN/KBTX) – Former Nebraska AD Trev Alberts assumed his role as Texas A&M's new athletic director Friday, just as a shocking development unfolded involving a man with ties to the university's athletic department.

New Texas A&M assistant Blaise Taylor, 27, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals in Utah. Taylor was indicted by a Nashville grand jury earlier this week on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his girlfriend and her unborn child. Taylor is accused of poisoning Jade Benning on February 25, 2023, and her unborn baby, believed to be Taylor's.

Investigators say Taylor called 911 and said Benning was having an allergic reaction after the poisoning. She was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where her condition became critical. Her unborn child died on February 27, 2023, and Benning died on March 6, 2023.

Earlier this month, Taylor joined the A&M Athletics staff as an assistant. As of Friday afternoon, he remained listed as a senior athletic assistant to the athletic director in the Texas A&M employee directory. KBTX has reached out to Texas A&M Athletics to confirm details of Taylor's employment at the university. An athletic department spokesperson said they are reviewing his employment status and will provide additional information.

Taylor's father, Trooper Taylor, is on the A&M football coaching staff as associate head coach and running backs coach under new head coach Mike Elko.

During Blaise Taylor's time in Nashville, he worked for the Tennessee Titans in the professional scouting department. After the deaths of Benning and the child, Taylor moved to Utah where he worked at Utah State University as a senior defensive analyst for the 2023 season. Taylor was a four-year starter for the Arkansas State in College.

Metro Nashville police said they would work with Utah authorities to arrange for Taylor's return to Nashville, which is expected to take weeks.

WATCH: WSMV Coverage of Blaise Taylor Arrest

A former Tennessee Titans scout has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his girlfriend and her unborn child.

KBTX writers contributed to this story.

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