Decades-long fugitive makes first appearance inside Guilford County courtroom

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William Claybourne Taylor

GREENSBORO, N.C. – After decades on the run, a man living quietly in Reidsville was arrested Thursday in connection with an FBI murder case.

Federal agents say William Claybourne Taylor, 67, was involved in the murder of a retired federal INS agent and the attempted murder of the Mayor of Williston, Florida back in 1977.

Taylor made his first appearance inside in the Guilford County Courthouse Friday.

Cameras were not allowed in court, however Taylor did mention that he was not the William Taylor police have been looking for.

Investigators say he’s been living in Reidsville under the name “James Emmet Manion.”

His home is on Pennrose Drive in Reidsville and that’s where he was arrested Thursday.

However, the district attorney’s office didn’t say what led investigators there.

“I am amazed that someone of that caliber is living in this particular area,” said Alberta Morris, Taylor’s neighbor.

It just doesn’t seem like it could be, you know,” she went on to say.”

Taylor will continue to be held at the Guilford County Detention Center without bond before being extradited back to Florida.

He’ll back inside a Guilford County courtroom August 4th.