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Judge increases bond for bread seller's statements to police

Posted June 7, 2010

— A Superior Court judge on Monday increased bond to $750,000 for a Durham bread-company owner charged in a fraud case because he allegedly gave police false information in a high-profile murder case.

Judge Donald Stephens called Paul Evan Seelig a "danger to society" for giving police bad and misleading information that implicated an innocent person in the March beating death of state school board member Kathy Taft.

Seelig, who could be arraigned on additional charges in the coming weeks, was arrested in February, on accusations that he knowingly sold bread advertised as being gluten-free – even though tests showed the food as having high levels of the substance.

He was later released from jail on a $100,000 bond.

In court Monday, prosecutors said Seelig later made statements to police regarding Taft's death that turned out to be false.

Taft, 62, of Greenville, died March 9 from a fractured skull and extensive brain damage resulting from an attack three days earlier at a Raleigh home where she had been staying.

Jason Keith Williford, 30, was arrested April 16 on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree forcible rape in the case.


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  • glutenfreeraleigh Jun 7, 2010


  • chivegas Jun 7, 2010

    Here's the rest of the story...


    You're welcome WRAL :)

  • chivegas Jun 7, 2010

    Yeah, this story doesn't make any sense. Why/How was this bread maker involved in making statements about Taft? I think we're missing a few paragraphs here...

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Jun 7, 2010

    WOW...good goin Judge!

  • Just the facts mam Jun 7, 2010

    I am confused. Are there any related stories that clears this up?

  • ANGELLUV Jun 7, 2010

    Well what was the fasle information that was given and how does it relate to the gluten-free bread....lol...just want to know!

  • GWALLY Jun 7, 2010

    Yep...you gotta watch those "bread seller's" and "gluten-free" prognosticators!!

  • ForTheLoveOf Jun 7, 2010

    Bonds are set based upon the crime and past experiences with law enforcement. Since his false information was in regards to a murder, his crime is considered to be elevated to that area and his bond has a minimum and maximum value at which a Magistrate/Judge must set the bond. It is up to the judge/magistrate at the time to determine whether the value is 5,000 for a crime that is valued between 1,000 and 10,000 dollars.

  • mrsbowen Jun 7, 2010

    Sounds like this guy just needs to shut up. He really seems to have a problem with telling the truth....

  • Its My Prerogative Jun 7, 2010

    Does the judge want an award?????

    You up a bond for giving misleading information BUT let rapist and murders out for little or nothing??? WOOOOOW

    Someone giving "misleading" information is considered a "DANGER TO SOCIETY"???? WOOOOOW