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Police sought slain school official's text messages

Posted May 12, 2010

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— Raleigh police investigating the homicide of a state school board member obtained text messages from cell phones belonging to her, according to a search warrant returned Wednesday.

Authorities obtained the search warrant March 18, nine days after Kathy Taft died from a fractured skull and extensive brain damage resulting from the attack.

Jason Keith Williford, 30, was arrested April 16 and charged with first-degree murder and first-degree forcible rape in the case. Investigators have said they do not believe the two knew each other.

As part of murder investigations, a victim's communications are usually examined for evidence. The warrant lists five telephone numbers from which police wanted text messages and other information from March 1 to March 17.

Taft, 62, of Greenville, was recovering from plastic surgery at a friend's home on Cartier Drive in Raleigh when she was raped and beaten repeatedly on the head with a blunt object, according to an autopsy report. She died March 9, three days after her sister found her bloodied and unresponsive, police have said.

Williford, who was later also indicted on a first-degree burglary charge, is being held without bond at Central Prison in Raleigh.

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  • killing_me_softly May 12, 2010

    carla349, I love your comment. Sweet...

  • killing_me_softly May 12, 2010

    "All the complaining, but you still had to comment. Some people may want to know details regarding the case. If WRAL bothers you so much, why come here?"

    itsmyownopinion, it's our opinion too and this story sucks. Nothing of interest at all. If this interests you, then wow.

  • parcman May 12, 2010

    what IS the point of this story, i thought this was some sort of update,, muswt be a REAL SLOW news day

  • itsmyownopinion May 12, 2010

    All the complaining, but you still had to comment. Some people may want to know details regarding the case. If WRAL bothers you so much, why come here?

  • carla349 May 12, 2010

    The point is that the story must be regurgitated by WRAL daily. Or else. They should just put a link at the top of the page for it. Weather, Traffic...Taft murder...Sports.

  • wcumom May 12, 2010

    I agree.

  • eitakydennek1987 May 12, 2010

    pointless article