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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