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Man sentenced to 25-30 years in double murder

James Arthur Whitaker pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the April 17, 2007, deaths of Simon Alonzo Taylor and his wife, Christina Ida Brown Taylor.

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James Whitaker, pleaded guilty to double homicide
RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh man was sentenced Friday to at least 25 years in prison for the slayings of a couple two years ago.

James Arthur Whitaker, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the April 17, 2007, deaths of Simon Alonzo Taylor and his wife, Christina Ida Brown Taylor.

Police found the remains of the Taylors in a wooded area east of Capital Boulevard. Investigators said it appeared the Taylors used the site as an informal encampment.

Whitaker was acquainted with the Taylors, police said.

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