Kathy Taft

Nine jurors seated in Williford capital murder trial

Posted May 1, 2012

— Nine jurors were seated as of Tuesday morning in the first-degree murder trial of a Raleigh man accused of killing state school official Kathy Taft nearly two years ago.

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Jury selection is in its fourth week in the trial of Jason Williford, who could face the death penalty if he's convicted of first-degree murder in Taft's March 9, 2010, beating death.

The longtime state school board member from Greenville was recovering from surgery at a friend's Raleigh home on March 6, 2010, when, police say, Williford broke into the house, raped her and beat her in the head with a blunt object.

Jury selection, which started April 9, has been a slow process, with attorneys spending hours vetting each potential juror about their views on the death penalty, mental health issues, homosexuality and other issues that might arise in Williford's trial.

Twelve jurors and at least two alternates are needed before opening statements can begin. Testimony is expected to last several weeks.


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  • Ol Forrester May 1, 2012

    Percy, that "old woman" had a lot of friends because she was a very nice and sincere person.

  • Tarheel born May 1, 2012

    Cuffed him, stuffed him, convict him and snuff him. Enough said.

  • percykution May 1, 2012

    The jury will give this loser the needle for sure. That old woman had a lot of friends in high places.