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Judge increases bond for bread seller's statements to police

Posted June 7, 2010 3:01 p.m. EDT

— 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 .

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.