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Wake man could face death penalty in in-laws' killings

Posted December 18, 2014

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— Wake County prosecutors said Thursday that they plan to seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing his mother- and father-in-law last spring.

Authorities said Nathan Holden, 31, went to his in-laws' home, at 1125 Lake Glad Road near Wendell, on April 9 in search of his estranged wife, who had moved back in with her parents.

Holden opened fire on all three, killing Angelina Smith Taylor, 56, inside the home and Sylvester Taylor, 66, in the yard, according to authorities. Latonya Holden, 32, was critically wounded. Three children in the home, a 15-year-old boy and two 8-year-old girls, were unharmed.

Wake County deputies went to Nathan Holden's home, at 3535 Holden Acres Lane – about 10 miles away from the shooting scene – and used a K-9 unit to track him to a nearby field. According to investigators, he opened fire on the K-9 handler and other deputies before he was taken into custody.

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  • 678devilish Dec 19, 2014

    Life in prison would be better instead of death. I hope the jury and judge make that decision.

  • Workingrepublican Dec 18, 2014

    Good!!

  • meganagram Dec 18, 2014

    He was such a respectful, hard working student and athlete in high school. I wonder what made him flip. Prayers for the children and family.