Police Seize Hammer, Knives & DNA Swab From Kathy Taft Murder Suspect

Search warrants released Friday show Raleigh police obtained a DNA sample against the man accused of raping and killing Kathy Taft.

Jason Williford was arrested a week ago on first degree murder and first degree forcible rape. Taft, a state school board member from Greenville, was found inside a Cartier Drive home March 6th by her sister. The 62-year-old Taft died three days later at WakeMed.

The warrants released Friday were for the search of Williford's Wayland Drive apartment, which is just around the corner from where Taft was attacked.

Police not only took a DNA saliva swab from Williford, but a long list of items from his apartment. Those includes several knives, two laptop computers, a computer thumb drive, two hand written letters, shoe polish, a smoking bong, 11 tubes of paint, 8 cans of spray paint, black leather gloves, a hammer, a limb pruner, walking stick and 30 pairs of panties.

To view the search warrants, click the link at the top of the story

Prior to an arrest in the case, police had obtained DNA evidence from men in the neighborhood. They said Williford refused to provide a sample.

If convicted, Williford could get life in prison or the death sentence.


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  • by roy ashford on Apr 23, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    disgusting pervert
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    I think there are still a lot of unanswered questions about this situation. For example, why did the sister not hear anything and how did this guy get in the house?? Something still seems like it is missing...PLEASE someone complete this puzzle...I think the sister could answer a lot of these questions.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Apr 23, 2010 at 02:28 PM
    Awww...He just looks too innocent; doesn't he? Awww. NOT! He's guilty of something. What? That will be clarified as the case unfolds.
  • by kimberly Location: NC on Apr 23, 2010 at 02:24 PM
    omg i came home from being in ohio for a month or longer and first thing i did was look around the apt make sure everthing was still here it was but then took a shower and went to get some underwear and to my surprise no underwear wtf i had a whole drawer full of them when i left here then saw this on the news ha and was like i wonder if thats where my underwear went 30 pair right sounds just about as much that i had to i just wonder lol could just be silly
  • by Data Man on Apr 23, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    Yes, I do pray for the family as well but something is not right. This guy looks crazy and is probaly obsessed with porn or something like that. But to rape this woman and kill her is a serious thing. I just hope that this guy is not a pawn because he is a trouble maker or something. You remember the book to kill a mocking bird? That guy was not the one who hurt the woman. It was someone else.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    I agree with you DataMan I also think something is missing. My prayers are with the family.
  • by Data Man on Apr 23, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    I swear something is not right about this story. There are some missing things here!
  • by Leighann Location: Gville on Apr 23, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    Absolute sicko.
  • by John Location: Richlands on Apr 23, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    With 30 pars of panties this might lead to other convictions in the area or state for that matter. I'm sure they all don't belong to his gf or some x he may have. He could say they do however I still would question that.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 at 08:15 AM
    This guy is gross. Just disgusting.
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