Raleigh Police Speak Saturday On Taft Case

The Raleigh police held a press conference Saturday afternoon about the Taft case.

Several members of the department took part, including Chief Harry Dolan, Major Rick Grayson and others.

The Chief said the investigation of the case is continuing following the arrest.

Dolan stated there are still details the department can’t discuss, as they work toward a successful prosecution of the case.

Dolan thanked Taft’s family for their assistance and confidence. He also thanked the neighbors who live near the scene of the crime for their support.

“This was truly a difficult case in many respects,” Dolan said.

Dolan answered questions from the media. Below are some of his answers.

“We believe that this was a random act of violence, a random act of homicide,” Dolan said.

He went on to say "We have no other persons of interest in the case.” Dolan said.

“We have not received any cooperation from Williford in this case,” Dolan told reporters. He cited hard work from detectives and the police department for the arrest.

As far as Williford's living arrangements, Dolan said the suspect lived with others in a residence, a home which is about two-tenths of mile from the home where Taft’s body was found.

When asked what led police to Williford, Dolan said detective work.

“DNA has helped in this case,” Dolan said.


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  • by disgusted Location: nc on Apr 18, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    sorry for the family's loss, but it is amazing when a "big name , high profile" person is involved, how fast the police move! How about thoise families in Rocky Mount whose loved ones have been missing for years and they R just now "hot on the trail" ? I'm just sayin' !
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Apr 17, 2010 at 07:42 PM
    I don't know all he details of this case but I think Police should keep most information to themselves. At least not go public with everything. (Not including defendant' right to know) I feel a lot of cases are tried in the public before a jury is even selected. This goes to making it hard to get a fair trial and everything that entails. It doesn't matter what anybody on here thinks or even the family. The only opinion that counts is the 12 jurors and they should be impartial. Just by this article, it sounds like Raleigh PD did their job and now its up to the courts.
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