The Latest: Fugitive in 1977 killing makes court appearance


GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a man charged in the 1977 shooting death of an immigration official and wounding of a former mayor in Florida (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

A fugitive charged in the 1977 killing of a former immigration official and the wounding of a Florida mayor at the time has asked for a court-appointed attorney during a brief first appearance in North Carolina.

William Claybourne Taylor attended the hearing Friday as Florida officials started the process of bringing him back to that state to face charges. He was taken into custody Thursday at his home in Reidsville, North Carolina, where he was living under the assumed name of James Emmet Manion.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, Taylor’s head was down for much of his brief video appearance before Judge Pete Hunter. When Hunter advised him that he was in court because he was a fugitive from justice, Taylor replied, “That’s what the papers say.”

Taylor is scheduled to appear in court again in North Carolina on Aug. 4.

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12:20 p.m.

An FBI spokeswoman says a fugitive arrested in the 1977 killing of an immigration official and the wounding of a mayor in Florida is due to appear before a judge.

FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said in an email the Friday afternoon hearing could disclose the aliases 67-year-old William Claybourne Taylor used while living in Reidsville, North Carolina.

An FBI wanted poster describes Taylor as a man who worked as a dance instructor, trumpet player, convenience store clerk and welder. It says he might have been issued a U.S. passport in the name of Michael Cauley.

Authorities say Taylor was indicted on charges in the January 1977 shooting death of a former immigration official and the shooting of the then-mayor of Williston, Florida.

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9:10 a.m.

An FBI spokeswoman says the location and time of a hearing for a fugitive arrested in the 1977 killing of a former immigration official and the shooting of a former mayor in Florida are still being arranged.

FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch in Charlotte, North Carolina, said in an email Friday that the man’s alias likely will become public record at that hearing.

The FBI in Jacksonville, Florida, said in a news release Thursday that agents developed information that 67-year-old William Claybourne Taylor was living in Reidsville, North Carolina, under a false name. He’s being held in a detention center in Guilford County.

Authorities say Taylor was indicted on charges in connection with the January 1977 shooting death of a former immigration official and the shooting of a former mayor of Williston, Florida.

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3:15 a.m.

Authorities say a man wanted for the 1977 killing of a former immigration official in Florida has been arrested in North Carolina.

The FBI in Jacksonville, Florida, said in a news release Thursday that agents had recently developed information that 67-year-old William Claybourne Taylor was living in Reidsville, North Carolina, under a false name. The release says he was taken into custody Thursday without incident and is being held in a detention center in Guilford County.

Authorities say Taylor was indicted on charges of murder and aggravated battery in the January 1977 shooting death of a former official with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the shooting of a former mayor of Williston, Florida.

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