A grand jury indictment unsealed this week accuses a 51-year-old man of murdering his girlfriend’s mother, a teacher who was stabbed at a Long Beach park in front of her students.

Steven Brown — who is due back in a Long Beach courtroom April 14 for a pretrial hearing — was charged Oct. 16 with Kellye Taylor’s Oct. 11, 2013, killing, along with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait that could have made him eligible for the death penalty.

The indictment, which supersedes the initial case, does not include the special circumstance allegation.

Brown could face 26 years to life in state prison if convicted as he is now charged.

Taylor, 53, was stabbed in the neck at Orizaba Park at Spaulding Street and Orizaba Avenue while she was watching over her Huntington Academy students, who were on recess. The stabbing prompted screams and chaos among her students and other teachers at the park.

Brown, a Long Beach resident, was arrested at the intersection of Anaheim Street and Redondo Avenue, a few blocks from the private Huntington Academy. Police said a weapon was recovered at the park.

The Los Angeles Times reported last year that Brown is the biological father of three of the five children who were in Taylor’s custody.

Citing court records, the newspaper reported that Brown blamed Taylor for his loss of custody of the children, contending that she told authorities he abused them.

Brown sued the Long Beach Police Department, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and several social workers, and accused Taylor of being an “informant,” The Times reported.

— City News Service

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