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Police search e-mail accounts in school official's death

Posted June 15, 2010 4:25 p.m. EDT
Updated June 15, 2010 4:57 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police investigating the death of a state school board members are looking at two e-mail accounts used by the man accused in her slaying, according to a search warrant returned Tuesday.

Kathy Taft died on March 9 from a fractured skull and extensive brain damage resulting from an 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.

Authorities obtained the search warrant May 19 for an ITT Technical Institute e-mail account and a Hotmail account registered to Williford.

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 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.