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Suspect In Kathy Taft's Murder Appears In Court

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

The man arrested Friday for the murder of Kathy Taft went before a Wake County judge Monday afternoon for his first court appearance.

Jason Williford said little during the short hearing at a courtroom inside the Wake County jail. Inside that same courtroom were members of Taft's family.

The state school board member from Greenville was murdered and raped last month while staying at a friends home in Raleigh. Wiliford lives just a block away on another street.

The 30-year-old man had a public defender appointed and will be continued to be held without bond. His next day in court is scheduled for May 10th.

Members of the Taft family did not speak with reporters after the hearing.


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The man charged with the rape and murder of Greenville native, Kathy Taft, will go before a judge in a Raleigh courtroom Monday for his first court appearance.

30 year old Jason Williford of Raleigh was arrested on Friday. Authorities say he lived less about two-tenths of a mile from where Taft was staying on Cartier drive.

Taft's daughter, Paige Fuqua along with Taft's son, Jonathan Taft, say they will attend Monday's proceedings.

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Kathy Taft's daughter, Paige Fuqua, and Taft's son, Jonathan Taft, spoke to WITN Saturday about the arrest made for the murder of their mother.

"Detective Hodge just said, 'we got them,'" Fuqua said. "I was speechless and I just said are you sure, and he said we're sure."

"To me he's pure evil," said Jonathan Taft. "I'd like to stare at him in the eyes and him recognize what he did."

Both say they are relieved to hear that arrest has been made.

Raleigh police said Friday they arrested 30-year-old Jason Williford of Raleigh and charged him with the rape and murder of Taft.

Taft was a long-time state school board member who lived in Greenville.

Fuqua and Taft say they plan on being there for Williford's first day in court.


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