More jurors being picked in NC murder trial


    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.

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    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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