Police examine computers in Taft murder

Kathy Taft

September 9, 2010 10:02:04 AM PDT
Search warrants made public Thursday show detectives have examined two laptop computers taken from the suspect in the murder of State Board of Education Member Kathy Taft.

Click here to read the warrants (.pdf)

Investigators say in the documents they were looking for evidence that 30-year-old Jason Williford visited internet sites or had photos that depicted sexual assault. They were also looking for any files that related to Taft in any way.

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.

Williford is charged with her rape and murder.

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