Ashley McArthur Guilty; Sentenced To Life For Killing Private Investigator

August 30, 2019

A former crime scene investigator has been convicted of first degree premeditated murder killing a woman for money and burying her body in Cantonment.

Ashley McArthur has been found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing private investigator and former police officer Taylor Wright over $34,000. Earlier this year, she was sentenced to seven years in state prison for racketeering and organized fraud in an unrelated case.

On September 14, 2017, Wright’s girlfriend reported that she was missing. The girlfriend gave a sworn statement to Pensacola Police that Wright had not been seen or heard from since September 8. Prior to her disappearance, Wright had told her girlfriend that she had placed a large amount of money in a safe deposit box that belonged to McArthur, her friend. Wright said she had tried to get her money back from McArthur several times with no success. Wright was trying to get the money back from McArthur for court proceedings related to Wright’s pending divorce.

On September 8, Wright and McArthur met so Wright could get her money. Wright and the girlfriend communicated back and forth via text until about 11:20 a.m. When the girlfriend did not hear back from Wright after numerous texts, she called McArthur. McArthur answered and said Wright could not come to the phone because she was riding a horse.

The girlfriend continued to try to communicate with Wright with no success until 7:58 p.m. when she received a text from Wright’s phone stating that she needed time to think and get her life on track.

On September 18, McArthur met with a Pensacola Police detective. She told the detective that she had picked Wright up on the morning of September 8 and they drove to various locations during the day before going to McArthur’s family property in East Milton to ride horses. She said they were there for about an hour before heading back to McArthur’s residence in the Pensacola city limits about 4:45 p.m. McArthur claimed that she went inside her house, and when came back out shortly, Wright was gone.

During the investigation, McArthur’s bank records and cell phone records were obtained. Bank records show that on August 16, McArthur deposited a cashier’s check in Wright’s name for the amount of $34,000 into McArthur’s personal checking account. The money has since been spent.

Pictured top: Taylor Wright. Pictured mugshot, inset: Ashley McArthur.


17 Responses to “Ashley McArthur Guilty; Sentenced To Life For Killing Private Investigator”

  1. Terence Hanson on August 12th, 2022 11:29 am

    Very sad. RIP

  2. Lindsay on June 3rd, 2021 1:02 pm

    I don’t think Ashley did it all by herself ( since she had back problems ) But that does not mean that she couldn’t lift things if she wanted to. She was diving, riding horses , working on the farm. Those are serious movements and a lot of working to have a bad back. The adrenaline that can come from hurting someone and or if she did do any cocaine which I think she did could have also helped in moving the body. Once that money was given to her she did what she did and killed Taylor over something so pointless all because she was greedy and a low level piece of a person. I’m glad she is in prison but there is more to the story.

  3. Marilyn on October 13th, 2019 10:12 am

    CRIME DOES NOT PAY. FOOLISH SAD AND IMMENSELY FOOLISH Turn to your bible. Remember the TRUTH. The moral of the story is greed. It imprisoned us all. Turn to your bible. CRIME DOES NOT PAY. FOOLISH SAD AND IMMENSELY FOOLISH

  4. Maureen on September 19th, 2019 9:12 pm

    Pure evil. She is one very sick woman.

  5. Michael on September 8th, 2019 5:54 pm

    Mcarther wasn’t a police officer . The deceased woman Ashley was for a while and then became a private investigator .. what I want to know is how her and her ex husband had all that money , they were fighting over , before her death .. he works for the defense department and she was a cop and then a private I in florida .

  6. David Minnetonka on September 7th, 2019 11:34 pm

    I dont get it. Thirty four grand and now she sits in prison until she is old and gray. What a waste of a couple of lives.

  7. William Reynolds on September 6th, 2019 5:17 pm

    >>Is she eligible for parole after 25 years?

    There is no longer any parole in the state of Florida for crimes committed after October 1983.

  8. kelm on September 6th, 2019 3:59 pm

    Is she eligible for parole after 25 years?

  9. DAE on September 2nd, 2019 5:36 pm

    Both such good lookin’ women in the prime of life. What a waste! Ashley will not have any trouble attracting any girlfriends where she will be living for at least the next 25 Thanksgivings. I hope she spent that $34K productively. Apparently, Taylor a police officer?), too trusting and even naive.

  10. Janes Simpson on September 2nd, 2019 8:04 am

    McArthur was never a sworn law enforcement officer. The victim, Taylor, was. Ashley was for a very short time a crime scene tech. ECSO crime scene techs are not sworn and do not go through the police academy.

  11. Reggie R. on September 2nd, 2019 6:36 am

    Obviously they were good friends because she trusted her with 34 grand and this is how she returns her trust? Not only did she steal the money and that’s terrible enough but then she kills her friend and took her life. There’s a special place in hell for people like that.

  12. Bob on September 1st, 2019 4:26 am

    She didn’t commit this crime alone. She couldn’t carry the girls body into the woods without help and all the bags of concrete. There’s more to the story.

  13. Tc on August 31st, 2019 2:17 pm

    Pure evil & greed at its finest. This lady & her husband had it made . She had a silver spoon & Neither of them had to work or want for anything. Such a shame what people will do over a dollar. Should have got the death penalty

  14. paul on August 31st, 2019 11:46 am

    She maintained her innocence throughout , and was trying to get away with murder. She was a sworn law enforcement officer hiding her devious nature behind the public’s trust, wonder at what point in her life when the love of money took precedence over human life – all the misery this woman has caused is now her own and will be hers in a prison cell…

  15. Bob C. on August 31st, 2019 8:27 am

    At some point it’d be interesting to know what this McArthur woman was really thinking when she decided to murder another person for money.
    Obviously with her police training and experience she knew what the consequences would be for her voluntary and planned out actions.
    Now all the money in the world won’t buy her freedom.
    42 years old now and a Life Sentence could mean another 40+ years in confinement. That is a very long time, although well earned, to be without your freedom.
    Like our numerous shootings, drive-bys, murders and assaults that have escalated in the past few years — What the Heck are These People Thinking?

  16. barbara on August 31st, 2019 3:31 am

    For the love of Money……………. :(

  17. Me on August 30th, 2019 8:43 pm