A woman accused of murder may face trial in October.
The 44-year-old accused, of Thames Avenue, Jarrow, has appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, where she was not asked to enter a plea.
Judge Paul Sloan QC said a trial may take place on October 2.
A pre-trial hearing, where Lee will be asked to enter a plea to the murder charge, will take place on April 30.
Mr Taylor, 45, of Hebburn, was found with injuries consistent with a stabbing at an address in Thames Avenue, Jarrow, shortly after 12.30am on Sunday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene