Jury Selection Underway For Man Accused In Kathy Taft Murder

Jury selection is underway for a Raleigh man who is accused of raping and murdering State School Board member Kathy Taft.

Jury selection in the trial of Jason Williford could take several weeks because this is a death penalty case.

Taft, who lived in Greenville, was staying at a friend's home in Raleigh while she recovered from surgery. Her sister found her on March 6th, 2010 and she died several days later at WakeMed.

In court this morning the judge denied a defense move to drop the death penalty as a possible sentence if Williford is convicted. The judge also denied a defense motion that would have kept out a cigarette butt that police used to match Williford's DNA to that found at the crime scene.

Taft was the longest serving member on the State School Board, having been a member for 15 years.

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Jury selection in the case of a man accused of a killing a local state school board member is expected to begin Monday.

Jason Williford is accused of raping and killing Kathy Taft of Greenville while she was house-sitting at a friend's home in Raleigh after getting cosmetic surgery in March of 2010.

Williford has pleaded not guilty to the crime.

The case was originally delayed because Williford's attorney complained about not having enough time to go though DNA reports and other evidence gathered in the case.

We will let you know what happens.

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