Court okays use of DNA to convict NC man for 2010 murder

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Jason Williford (WTVD)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that it was okay for prosecutors to use DNA evidence to convict Jason Williford in the 2010 murder of N.C. State Board of Education member Kathy Taft.

Williford was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2012 after he was convicted of first-degree murder and first-degree rape.

Prosecutors said he attacked Taft in the Raleigh home of a friend as she recovered from plastic surgery.

During the trial, they presented DNA evidence collected from a cigarette butt discarded by Williford that linked him to the sexual assault on Taft.

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