04-12-2010, 11:54 AM #1
NC - Kathy Taft, 62, Raleigh, 6 March 2010 - #3
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04-12-2010, 12:01 PM #2
Summary of information gathered on Kathy Taft case.
Kathy Arnold Taft – Born August 24, 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mother of 4; grandmother of 5. Greenville, North Carolina resident a SBOE member, age 62, who suffered severe head injury in an attack while staying at her John Geil’s house on Cartier Drive, near Oberlin Road and Glenwood Avenue, after recovering from a surgical procedure on Friday, March 5. http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7184836/ Watch video at http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/7185304/ She was placed on life support at WakeMed's intensive care unit and died on Tuesday, March 9. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7324776 Kathy Taft Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kathyataft Police were called only after Taft had been taken to WakeMed, where her surgeon examined her and realized she had been assaulted, sources said. Surgical bandages on her face likely concealed the wounds, they said. http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7215230/ Sheran for Senate in 2008 and was defeated by now Sen. Don Davis in the Democratic primary.http://www.reflector.com/news/offici...-assault-26150
Beverly Perdue -- Governor of NC, released the following statement after learning of Taft's death: "I have known Kathy Taft as a dear friend for more than 25 years. The kindness she showed me, as a fellow woman from down east working to make a difference, is something I will never forget. Her passion for education and for finding every opportunity to better serve North Carolina's children has clearly made this state a better place to live and raise a family. For that, we all owe Kathy a debt of gratitude. I will miss her terribly." http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7320483 and video at http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/video?id=7321378
Colon Willoughby -- Wake County District Attorney who got a judge to seal search warrants and recordings of two 911 calls in the Taft case. Willoughby said releasing the material to the media would potentially interfere with the investigation. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7322817
Donald Stephens – Judge who signed the order sealing search warrants and 911 calls. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7322817 Read the order at http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wtvd/docs...911_sealed.pdf
Harry Dolan – Raleigh Police Chief said at a news conference that detectives believe the attack happened either late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Dolan refused to say much more about the case, and his department got a judge to seal search warrants and recordings of 911 calls saying releasing the information to the public could hurt the investigation. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7329189 At his news conference Thursday, Chief Dolan confirmed detectives are investigating an attempted burglary at a home on Wayland Dr., a block from the Cartier Dr. home where Taft was assaulted. He said investigators haven't determined if it was related. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7324776
DH – Kathy’s sister who found her on Saturday morning when she did not show for a planned breakfast. http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7184836/ and http://www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com/...op=view&id=773 or http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kin...&pid=140588835 According to white pages, she and her husband CH live in Oriental, NC.
EGA and JHA II - Kathy's parents. http://www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com/...op=view&id=773 or http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kin...&pid=140588835
JHA III – Kathy’s brother. http://www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com/...op=view&id=773 or http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kin...&pid=140588835
JPG and DG – Kathy’s daughter and son-in-law. http://www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com/...op=view&id=773 or http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kin...&pid=140588835
JGT – Kathy’s son. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7329189 and http://www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com/...op=view&id=773 or http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kin...&pid=140588835
Paige P. Fuqua and CF – Kathy’s daughter and son-in-law. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7329189 and http://www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com/...op=view&id=773 or http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kin...&pid=140588835 and Paige Fuqua says she heard the tape for the first time Thursday night, hours before the recording and other documents relating to her mother's death were released to the media. "I heard somethings that I really didn't want to hear," Fuqua told WITN's Michael Baldwin. "I mean it was just sad and it made me...I hated to think of my mom suffering like she did." ~ The Greenville resident said it was said to hear what her aunt, Dina Holton, was describing to a 911 operator. "We had an idea before we heard the tapes it was horrifying. It's horrifying to think of your mom suffering like that," said Fuqua.http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/90335789.html
SMA - Kathy's sister who preceded her in death. http://www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com/...op=view&id=773 or http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kin...&pid=140588835
TFT Jr. – Kathy’s son. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7329189 and http://www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com/...op=view&id=773 or http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kin...&pid=140588835
TFT -- Kathy's ex-husband, a former state senator from Greenville, NC. Father of Thomas Jr. and Jonathan. http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/03/...on-member.html
John G. – Former boyfriend of Kathy Taft. She often stayed at his house when she had business in Raleigh. He was in Florida at the time of the attack. http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7184836/ Sources say he is not a suspect. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7318142
BC – Political consultant who has worked with Taft. http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7184836/
HL – State BOE chairman; attended Kathy’s funeral. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7329189
JA – State School Superintendent. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7329189
Kathy Taft photos
Guest book for Kathy Taft
Judge Donald Stephens order
Taft Search Warrants
N.C. school board member in 'grave' condition after assault
http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7184836/ Relatives and neighbors said that Taft often stayed at the house, which belongs to a friend, while she was in town for state Board of Education business. They said her sister found her inside the home after she missed a planned breakfast date Saturday.
Police investigate assault of state board member
A dispatcher with Raleigh's emergency communications center said emergency medical workers were dispatched to 2710 Cartier Drive at 11:38 a.m. Saturday. Emergency workers took Taft to the hospital, and police were called. http://bulletin.aarp.org/states/nc/2...rd_member.html
Police investigate assault on SBOE member
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7316648 and video at http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/video?id=7317618 RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Police are investigating an assault at a Raleigh home after a member of the State Board of Education was seriously injured. Police say 62-year-old Kathy A. Taft has been in the hospital since she was found Saturday morning.
Authorities found Taft at a residence in the 2700 block of Cartier Drive. Taft, who lives in Greensville, was taken to WakeMed.
Police release no new information in Taft case
Reward offered The Taft family is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of the crime. Anyone with information that might help police detectives is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.
Taft on life support
Taft had just spent time visiting her daughter Jessica’s family in Florida. She reconnected with several friends during the three-week stay. She had returned to North Carolina last week to attend a two-day State Board of Education meeting in Halifax County and spend time with her two sons. “She was just having wonderful family time,” the friend said.
SBOE member Kathy Taft dies
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/video?id=7319791 RALEIGH (WTVD) -- State Board of Education member Kathy Taft died after being taken off of life-support Tuesday. Police say she was attacked while recovering from surgery at a friend's Raleigh home over the weekend. Police have not said what happened to her - only that she was assaulted and apparently severely beaten.
Kathy Taft assault now a homicide
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7320483 RALEIGH (WTVD) -- State Board of Education member, Kathy Taft, was taken off of life-support Tuesday. A third release, this time from WakeMed in Raleigh, confirmed Taft's death following erroneaous [sic] statements released earlier Tuesday. According to a police spokesperson, she died shortly after noon and the case is now a homicide.
Funeral arrangements made
Meanwhile, viewing and funeral arrangements for Taft have been made: Viewing Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com 2100 East 5th Street Greenville, NC 27858-3001 (252) 752-2101 Memorial Service Saturday 3 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church www.stpaulsepiscopal.com 401 East Fourth Street, Greenville, NC 27858
Hundreds attend Taft’s funeral
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7329189 There were so many people at Taft’s funeral at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church that an overflow room filled quickly. An estimated 600 mourners were at the church to pay their last respects. They included family, friends, and respected colleagues Video http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/video?id=7329228
Hundreds gather at funeral to remember Kathy Taft
The funeral was a traditional Episcopal service of Holy Eucharist in "thanksgiving for the life of Kathy Arnold Taft," Rev. Bob Hudak said. "We come with all of our emotions to grieve the reality of Kathy's death. To celebrate the mystery and gift of her life, a life that continues in the spirit of each of her children, and in the light that shines through her grandchildren's eyes,” Hudak said. Taft's four children spoke to the more than 700 people in attendance at the funeral service.http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7227042/
Police investigate burglary near Taft murder
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7322817 and video at http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/video?id=7322874 RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A police spokesperson confirmed to ABC11 Wednesday that detectives are looking at a residential burglary near where Kathy Taft was assaulted to see if it may be related.
Raleigh area on edge after homicide
Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/03/...#ixzz0iGWHbEpg Allison Dickens, who lives a couple of doors from where the break-in was attempted, said police have not told her much, though investigators did ask whether she knew of any landscapers who had been working in the neighborhood. Dickens said she is not worried.
Police collect DNA samples from neighbors in Taft investigation
http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7293676/ and video at http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/7298404/ Raleigh, N.C. — Police have collected DNA samples from neighbors near the Raleigh home where a state Board of Education member was attacked almost three weeks ago. ~ Officers went door-to-door asking for voluntary samples last week, neighbors said. Two residents who provided samples said investigators told them the DNA was collected in an effort to eliminate suspects.
Kathy Taft murder investigation: Raleigh police hand out flyers
Video at http://vp.mgnetwork.net/viewer.swf?u...a4a0d&z=NCT%3%
(Other videos also available at this link.)
DNA sought from men who lived near Taft
RALEIGH -- Police are asking for DNA samples from men who live in the Raleigh neighborhood where state Board of Education member Kathy A. Taft was found severely injured this month.Taft, 62, was found by her sister on March 6 in the home of tax and divorce attorney John M. Geil, at 2710 Cartier Drive. She died three days later of her injuries at WakeMed's intensive care unit. http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/03/...#ixzz0jLpoQcBg
New details in Taft murder emerge
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A source told ABC11 Thursday that police have evidence that North Carolina Board of Education member Kathy Taft was sexually assaulted before her death, and they have DNA evidence.
Kathy Taft's daughter reacts to hearing 911 tape for first time
Paige Fuqua says she heard the tape for the first time Thursday night, hours before the recording and other documents relating to her mother's death were released to the media. "I heard somethings that I really didn't want to hear," Fuqua told WITN's Michael Baldwin. "I mean it was just sad and it made me...I hated to think of my mom suffering like she did." ... Holton, who lives in Oriental, told the 911 operator that her sister had plastic surgery the day before. "She is in the bed, I cannot get her up. She is all wrapped up with a shawl....there is blood everywhere, everywhere" Holton told 911.
911 calls, search warrants in Taft's death to be unsealed
The seal on records in the investigation of the death of 62-year-old Kathy Taft expires Friday, and a judge is expected to release the documents to the public. http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/7389187/
Police searched cars for clues to schools official's attack
Raleigh, N.C. — Police searched the vehicles belonging to State Board of Education member Kathy Taft and her sister looking for clues to Taft's death, search warrants released Friday reveal. ... According to the warrants, Taft had a cut on the back of her head. She also had been sexually assaulted, the warrants state. ... In a search of Geil's home, police seized sheets and pillows, clothing, golf clubs, desktop and laptop computers, beer bottles, dishes and two receipts from Harris Teeter and other items. http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7389113/
Taft's sister says she is not a suspect
However, in a search warrant of Holton's car police wrote, "it was learned that her (Holton) personal vehicle was parked approximately one block away at the Harris Teeter. Ms. Holton advised that she had locked her keys in this vehicle earlier and had left it at this location." Holton says she forgot her car was still at the Harris Teeter in the panic over her sister. She tells ABC11 Eyewitness News that police interviewed her at length and have informed her she is no longer a suspect.Sources close to the case say Holton is essentially right, although no one can be completely eliminated as a suspect at this point in the investigation.
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?se...cal&id=7381692 and video at http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/video?id=7382038
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I'm questioning how much participation in anything KT had that evening after her surgery. She should have been pretty well knocked out until the following day. I know my only goal after outpatient surgery is to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water. Movie and such? No way.
Also, I wonder how big those baggy corners were? They can hold alot of drugs. I'm thinking more than one would be for more than one person.
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I'm not very familiar with the drug world, however, I do know that people taking your car for their own use is a very common thing. I have heard numerous times that the drug dealer took the buyer's car. They use it for a period of time and then give it back. I know it sounds odd, but I know it happens. I'm not sure why they do it. Anyway, I'm just trying to think of reasons someone would have left D's car that way. Maybe they couldn't remember the address. (D didn't reallly know it either.)
Another possibility. Did D have an inter-lock device on it. It's a device required by certain DWI offenders to be installed on their vehicle. You must blow into it to prove you have no alcohol before you can start your car. Maybe she left it running when she went into somewhere to drink alcohol, fearing it wouldn't restart when she came out? Then when she came out, she forgot about it. It would still leave many questions.
Does KT's ex-husband still pay alimony?
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Times are estimates ... let me know if you have more specific times/edits ...
Friday, March 5
4:30 p.m. DH gets food from HT grocery store. She locks keys in car; walks back home. (This may not have taken place during this visit to HT.)
9:00 p.m. They begin to watch movie
11:00 p.m. DH goes back to HT. (This may be when she locked her keys in the car.) There is a second receipt found in house, although no date/time was made public. Maybe she intended to just run into HT? Maybe she meets the man from the video then. Instead of going right home, she goes in Glenwood Grill for a few drinks and stays until closing possibly forgetting that she left her vehicle running, possibly leaving running because of interlock system that may be on vehicle.
Maybe she told KT she was going to get the car/meeting locksmith? Made sure KT was tucked in, had meds and had fallen asleep ... the handwritten note may have indicated that she was running back to HT? Would her husband have driven to Raleigh with another set of keys?
Saturday, March 6
2:00 a.m. Leaves car running ... She doesn't she take it then possibly because the unknown male drives her to the house?
3 a.m. DH goes to bed. Some time between 3 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., KT is attacked. If DH is doing drugs, she may not be able to remember and give description of man but knows she met in HT grocery store (and he is on video). Not sure about the Domino's pizza connection and whether LE asked any other store staff if they recognized him.
9:31 a.m. DH calls 911; KT transported to WakeMed. DH says her Durango is out in front of the house (it probably was her intention to drive home from GG that night, and she is confused about the events of the evening when she makes that call ... however, when the search is conducted, the vehicle is about a block away)
10 a.m. Surgeon calls RPD because surgeon realized it was not complications from surgery. RPD waits on line but by time the nurse gets there, they have hung up.
11:30 Nurse calls 911 (says the patient was brought in about 1 1/2 hours before) and indicates there was also sexual assault.
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04-12-2010, 02:15 PM #9
Noway, she said to 911..... "I went upstairs at 3"
Katsmom (lives in neighborhood) heard the same thing I did, she walked back home.
This is a quote from a close friend of family "We have heard that D (Kathy's sister) went to Harris Teeter to get dinner for them and locked her keys in the car and had to walk back to Johns that afternoon"
Was it that really afternoon or was it 2AM and she was trying to hide that embarrassing, negligent fact early on???
04-12-2010, 02:25 PM #10
Remember the cops said they don't know if she was attacked late Friday or sometime Saturday. That seems to imply that DH was indeed out of the house from 11PM until before 3AM. It all adds up to drinking at GG until closing (after 2am). Perhaps she did a couple of quick lines of coke after she saw KT to bed and then headed out around 11?
04-12-2010, 02:43 PM #11
Those privy to autopsy reports, know how much to believe about the sister's account of the afternoon/evening after surgery. What & when KT ate should be telling. As previously mentioned, my hinky meter buzzed at DH's story. I cannot picture the sisters dining in the den while watching a movie. A few hours post surgery- noway jose!
I also question the former relationship with JG. They were often seen dining out together. Certainly couples can remain friendly but, couldn't that have been fudged a little to dis-associate because of her political position... that is if the multiple DUIs are for this JMG? Does anyone know if she was dating anyone else?
Reading WS expands our horizons. I didn't understand "baggie corners", but just learned a few posts back they are heat-sealed.... well, duh, that would keep contents from spilling out! Also, it never occurred to me that sobriety devices could easily be circumvented by simply not turning off the engine. I hope someone is working to alter them to need restarting after the motor idles for a limited time. Geez!
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NoZme, I'm just speculating. I don't know a lot about the interlock devices. You would think they could not be manipulated very easily, but I don't know. I will research it further.
I just found this link that answers some questions. It says that the driver has 4 chances to blow enough to get a reading. If you fail to do that, you must turn the car off and start again.
These devices have keys if it is voluntary and can be overrun. If it's mandatory, you don't have control over it.
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One of my co-workers had an interlock system in her car due to a DWI. The best I can remember she had to punch 4 buttons in a specific order and then blow long enough to get a breath registered. She could then start the car and after every 10 minutes of driving the interlock had to be blown into again. After every 1 hour of driving the vehicle had to be stopped and turned off for a 10 minute period and then the whole routine started again. She also had to go every other month to have the interlock system computer chip read for failures.
ETA she also had to be very careful about mouthwash in the mornings as it would register as a fail.FYI - If I make a typo I call it a Brain Fart. Till you go thru brain surgery you really can't appreciate that saying.
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