INMATE DIES: Waterloo Cop Killer Passes Away

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The man who triggered a five day manhunt in Waterloo after he killed two police officers in the 1980’s has died.

James ‘T-Bone’ Taylor died Tuesday at University Hospitals in Iowa City of an aortic aneurysm.

The 60-year-old had been transferred to the hospital from the Iowa State Penitentiary where he was serving two life sentences for the murders of officers Wayne Rice and Michael Hoing in July, 1981.

The son of Travis Hoing, Michael, told sister station KWWL he was “relieved” but “troubled” by the news.

“I’m not the type of person to rejoice when someone dies, no matter what. What I felt was relief and anger all wrapped up into one. I find myself largely troubled over these feelings,” Hoing said.

“Roughly 20 years ago, I felt called to forgive him for what he has done and for 20 years, I’ve been coming to terms with that and trying to find the strength to follow my aunt’s footsteps to meet with him face to face and tell him that. Ultimately, I robbed myself of that chance.

“In my heart, I forgive him. God knows I forgive him and while he didn’t need my forgiveness, nor did he deserve my forgiveness, he got it. I just wish I could have done it in person.”