Williford indicted on new charge

Kathy Taft

May 4, 2010 4:12:05 PM PDT
The man accused of raping and murdering State Board of Education member Kathy Taft was indicted on three charges Tuesday.

A grand jury added first-degree burglary to charges of murder and first-degree rape against 30-year-old Jason Williford.

Williford was charged only with rape and murder by police when he was first arrested.

Authorities say Williford sexually assaulted and beat 62-year-old Taft inside a home on Cartier Lane in the late night hours of March 5 or the early morning hours of March 6. Warrants show he was linked to the attack through DNA.

Taft was recovering from plastic surgery at the home when her sister found her unconscious. She died a few days later at WakeMed. An autopsy released last week showed a blow to the head as the cause of death.

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