Protective order filed against Taft suspect

Jason Williford

April 22, 2010 5:09:01 AM PDT
ABC11 Eyewitness News has learned the suspect charged with raping and murdering state school board member Kathy Taft had a protected order filed against him in 2005.The protective order was filed against Jason Williford in 2005, by an ex-girlfriend.

In the case file, a Raleigh woman wrote that in November 2004, "after the birth of my son, defendant came back to the hospital drunk, threw me into a door, pulled my hair and punched me."

The woman stated that she had filed previous charges of harassment and communicating threats including death threats. She wrote at one point he, "...made harassing phone calls and threatened to come and kill me with his father's gun."

The woman also wrote about how Williford had a problem with alcohol. She went on to say, "His violence is unpredictable."

Much of the conflict detailed was over Williford's visitation rights with the boy. The court later determined Williford was not the biological father of the child.

The woman's mother tells ABC11 that her daughter has moved on with her life and does not want to talk about the alleged abuse.

Williford now sits in a jail charged with raping and killing Taft last month.

His criminal history also includes convictions from breaking into homes.

Williford's record from 2001 shows he broke into a neighbor's home almost next door to where he used to live. A 58-year-old woman and granddaughter were inside, but they were not harmed.

In 1998, he broke into a home a few blocks from his own home in the Stonehenge Subdivision. The homeowner says Williford broke in, but stole nothing, drank a soda from the refrigerator, watched TV and used the telephone.

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