Murder suspect captured in NC after 40 years on the run

William Claybourne Taylor.
William Claybourne Taylor.

REIDSVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A man wanted in connection with the 1977 murder of a Florida mayor was captured in Reidsville, North Carolina Thursday.

UPDATE: Fugitive wanted for Florida murder hid for decades by settling in quiet NC town

William Claybourne Taylor was captured by FBI agents without incident.

“William Claybourne Taylor thought he could avoid taking responsibility for this horrible crime, but our agents continued an exhaustive search year after year,” said Michelle S. Klimt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “To echo the words of former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, ‘the FBI always gets its man.’ We thank our law enforcement partners for their assistance, and hope this news brings comfort to the families of Taylor’s victims.”

Taylor, 67, had been living under a false name in North Carolina. New information in the case was able to lead the FBI to Taylor, officials said.

Taylor was accused of being involved in the Jan. 8, 1977 murder of a former Immigration and Naturalization Service official, and the shooting of a former mayor of Williston, Florida.

Official said Taylor shot and killed the official during an attempt to shoot the former mayor.

On May 15, 1980, Taylor was indicted by a Marion County Grand Jury in Ocala, Florida for murder and aggravated battery.

He was arrested on May 20, 1980, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and subsequently released on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond returnable to Ocala, Florida.

However, Taylor never appeared in Ocala to surrender.

Taylor is currently being held in a Guilford County detention center.

FBI poster.
FBI poster.

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