Fugitive who hid for decades booked into Florida jail

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — The suspect in a deadly shooting who was captured in North Carolina after evading authorities for decades is now in a north Florida jail.

Marion County Jail records show that 67-year-old William Claybourne “Clay” Taylor was booked into the Marion County Jail in Ocala on Tuesday evening. He’s expected to have a brief first appearance hearing in court Wednesday.

Authorities say Taylor lived with his wife under an assumed name — James Manion — in Reidsville, North Carolina, and was captured by the FBI on July 28.

According to the FBI, Manion’s life was part of a long deception dating back to the 1977 attempted murder of the mayor of Williston. Another government official died in the attack. Taylor was indicted in 1980 but disappeared soon after.

He’s being held without bond.

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