More jurors being picked in NC murder trial


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Submitted: Mon, 04/23/2012 - 4:38pm
Updated: Fri, 05/25/2012 - 3:56pm
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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Jury selection continues in the trial of a Raleigh man accused in the death of a member of North Carolina’s State Board of Education.

Five jurors have been chosen so far in the trial of 32-year-old Jason Williford. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he raped and battered 62-year-old Kathy Taft. Williford could face the death penalty if he is convicted.

No word on when testimony will begin.

The Greenville resident and grandmother was recovering from surgery at a friend’s Raleigh home when she was killed in March 2010.

Williford was arrested after police say DNA evidence on a cigarette butt linked him to the crime. His attorneys tried unsuccessfully to have that evidence thrown out, arguing police should have obtained a search warrant before picking it up.

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