AUTOPSY: Taft Suffered Brain Injuries, Skull Fracture In Deadly Attack

The State Medical Examiner's Office says Kathy Taft suffered a fractured skull and brain injuries in the deadly attack last month in Raleigh.

The autopsy report released Thursday states the state Board of Education member suffered from blunt force head trauma with skull fractures, cerebral contusions, along with subarachnoid and subdural hemorrhage. It lists her cause of death as blunt force head trauma due to an assault. Officials say Taft was also sexually assaulted.

The 62-year-old Taft, who lives in Greenville, was found March 6th by her sister in the Raleigh home of a friend after she had cosmetic surgery the day before. The autopsy says the sister, Dina Holton, checked on Taft in the early morning and could hear her breathing, but did not turn on the light. It says around 7:30-8:00 a.m. she checked on her again and found her unresponsive with obvious bleeding from the head.

The autopsy also confirms that Taft was raped.

Earlier this month Raleigh police charged Jason Williford with the murder and rape of Taft.

The 30-year-old Williford lived about a block away from where Taft was attacked.

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