An ex-drug dealer who was arrested by police after allegedly killing his wife in her home in 2014 has died in prison.
Johnathon Taylor, who had been in custody since his arrest in 2014, died on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest at the prison, his family said in a statement.
The 43-year-old had been serving a sentence of 17 years for armed robbery.
Taylor was released on bail in May last year and was on parole until 2027, when he was due to be released.
He died on his way to the jail, his sister, Lisa Taylor, told the Sydney Morning Herald.
He was arrested on March 17, 2014, by the Royal Northern Territory Police in the remote town of Pampanga, near Alice Springs, and charged with murder.
In his booking document, Taylor allegedly said he was going to rob the woman of their two young children, and threatened to kill her if she did not give him her keys.
“I can tell you the man in this mugshot is not a violent person,” the booking document read.
“He is peaceful and polite, always smiling.
He has been an extremely caring and caring person.””
He has a wife and two young kids and is an honourable man,” it added.
Taylor’s family described him as “one of the bravest men I have ever known”.
“He had a long and varied criminal history, including drug trafficking, robbery and murder,” Lisa Taylor told the Herald.
“His love for family and friends was second to none and he was always there for them.”
Taylor was originally from Tasmania but spent time in New Zealand and South Africa.