RALEIGH, N.C. — Jason Williford was found guilty on Friday of first-degree murder in the 2010 killing of N.C. State Board of Education member Kathy Taft.
According to WTVD, when the verdict was read, Williford looked like he’s looked throughout most of his trial. He showed no emotion.
The jury will return Monday at 9:30 a.m. for the sentencing phase of the trial.
However, for the family of the victim, the verdict brought a sigh of relief. They were grateful that the jury agreed that the murder of Taft was premeditated, not second-degree as the defense had suggested.
“Using all the excuses they tried to give for this demon didn’t work and I think he got exactly what he should have gotten,” said Taft’s daughter Jessica Gorall.
“I breathed a huge sigh of relief and it was good to hear,” said Taft’s daughter Paige Fuqua. “The jury did their jobs and so did the prosecution and we were very relieved.”
Williford was also found guilty of first-degree rape and breaking and entering.
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