Kathy Taft's Daughter Reacts To Hearing 911 Call

Kathy Taft's daughter says she cried after hearing the 911 tape made by her aunt that fateful Saturday morning.

Paige Fuqua says she heard the tape for the first time Thursday night, hours before the recording and other documents relating to her mother's death were released to the media. "I heard somethings that I really didn't want to hear," Fuqua told WITN's Michael Baldwin. "I mean it was just sad and it made me...I hated to think of my mom suffering like she did."

The Greenville resident said it was said to hear what her aunt, Dina Holton, was describing to a 911 operator. "We had an idea before we heard the tapes it was horrifying. It's horrifying to think of your mom suffering like that," said Fuqua.

According to the documents released, Taft was beaten and sexually assaulted at a friend's home in Raleigh either on the night of March 5th or the morning of March 6th. She died three days later at WakeMed.

Holton, who lives in Oriental, told the 911 operator that her sister had plastic surgery the day before. "She is in the bed, I cannot get her up. She is all wrapped up with a shawl....there is blood everywhere, everywhere" Holton told 911.

There have been no arrests in the murder of the state school board member and Paige Fuqua has a message for her mother's attacker. "Please don't do it to anyone else. I think you have caused enough pain and suffering for our family and all the people who cared about my mom. And you know I would like for that person to turn themselves in. Do the right thing. Yeah, they have already done the wrong thing, now we have a chance to do the right thing."


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Documents released Friday morning in the Kathy Taft murder case say police believe the state school board member from Greenville was sexually assaulted. Taft's sister told a 911 operator that the 62-year-old woman was foaming at the mouth and there was blood everywhere.

A Wake county superior court judge agreed to seal the records into the investigation for 30 days after the March 9th murder.

To view the court documents, click the link at the top of the story

Also released Friday were two 911 tapes. Taft's sister, Dina Holton, first called 911 believing her sister had complications from plastic surgery done the day before.

Sister: "She had surgery on her neck and her....(unintelligible)
911: "Okay, tell me what's going on with her right now?"
Sister: "She is in the bed, I cannot get her up. She is all wrapped up with a shawl....there is blood everywhere, everywhere.
911: "Is she awake?"
Sister: "No." 911: "No?"
Sister: "Kathy, Kathy...she's foaming at the mouth."
911: "Ok, hold on."
Sister: "I cannot wake her up, oh it's horrible."

Hours later while Taft was at WakeMed, an emergency room employee made the second call to report the possible rape after she was examined. "The family thinks they might have seen somebody, but they really don't know. We can't ask the patient anything," said the hospital employee.

The 62-year-old Taft was found beaten inside a Raleigh home and died three days later in the hospital.

One of the documents is a search warrant for the car of Taft's sister, Dina Holton, of Oriental. A handwritten note, fingerprints and swabs of DNA were taken from the vehicle.

Police also searched Taft's car. Taft and her sister were staying at the Raleigh home while Taft recovered from a minor surgery.

The court documents say many items were seized from the home, including sheets, pillows, computers, DNA swabs and golf clubs. The warrants show "Taft had a cut on the back of her head" and had been sexually assaulted.

A $25,000 reward.has been offered by Taft's family.


Details on the brutal beating of Greenville resident and state school board member, Kathy Taft, could be released Friday.

A Wake county superior court judge agreed to seal the records into the investigation for 30 days after the March 9th murder.

Now that time is up police reports, search warrants and 911 warrants could be unsealed. 62 year old, Taft was found beaten inside a Raleigh home and died three days later in the hospital.

Authorities have not released much information since her death.


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  • by voter Location: nc on Apr 11, 2010 at 08:33 PM
    welcome back tad.
  • by ANON on Apr 11, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    I read the News and Observer article and the reader comments. One very interesting comment about the neighbors.
  • by PI Location: Greenville on Apr 11, 2010 at 10:57 AM
    Statistics prove that the majority of victims know their attacker. Law Enforcement always starts with those closest to the victim, eliminate and then move outward. More than likely Ms. Holton is not directly responsible for Ms. Taft's attack and death, but she most definitely is the one person that can help find the killer. LE knows what they are doing. Just wait and see!
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Apr 11, 2010 at 12:58 AM
    sod.......it's your backside.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Apr 11, 2010 at 12:54 AM
    You dorks have been watching too much CSI and Law & Order. dr, ANON, Me and Steven....get back to your TV fantasy life and stop causing confusion among the other less intelligents. You have blathered about so much that you have caused the socialist, utopian Unwise One to emerge from her pinko lair.....waxing poetic.....barf....
  • by Who's who?? on Apr 10, 2010 at 07:45 PM
    Think about it. The sister is the key to the whole investigation. It ALL centers around her. Money,politics, intrigue. Makes for a good novel don't you think ?
  • by ANON on Apr 10, 2010 at 07:38 AM
    Where was the sister from the time they had dinner until 3am? The timeline is confusing.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Apr 10, 2010 at 03:56 AM
    I think the best thing to do is trust law enforcement and trust their judgement. It was wise for them to seal the records. They will definitely search the vehicles of people they know to have last seen Taft. People handle stress differently. I don't understand why some people are so quick to judge here. I'm sure the experts are competent enough to handle this investigation. I hope they find the person responsible and I hope justice is served. This is a terrible tragedy.
  • by dr Location: g;vill on Apr 9, 2010 at 10:30 PM
    I think there are some points on here that people haven’t thought of. 1 This lady just had complicated surgery on her head region ......(laceration to head)? 2 Most surgeries after care includes strong pain meds that alcohol intensifies (2 beer bottles found in same room) 3 Who would have an interest in a 60 year old lady just after having surgery in a sexual (pervert way). 4 This would have been some person who felt her perhaps vulnerable so timing would suggest someone close that new she was having surgery. 5 But if the attacker new her well he or she would know a cut, hit etc....to the back of the head would have be totally unnecessary given her post op condition. 6 Ems personal are not in the position to interpret medical conditions gone bad from specialized surgeries its easy to confuse trauma to the head when examining someone for the first time after head region surgery. Rendering a protocol that does exactly fit for the rest of the exam. we nee to know more.
  • by Can't Imagine on Apr 9, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    What a terrible, terrible thing this family must be going through once again. My prayers are with her children and extended family. I hope the law can soon catch and convict whoever is responsible for this horrible crime. Whatever the criminal gets will not be enough!
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