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Fugitive who hid for decades booked into Marion County jail

William Taylor arrested last month by FBI

OCALA, Fla. – The suspect in a deadly shooting who was captured in North Carolina after evading authorities for decades is now in a Central Florida jail.

Marion County Jail records show that William Claybourne "Clay" Taylor, 67, was booked into the Marion County Jail in Ocala on Tuesday evening on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary.

At a court hearing Wednesday, a judge ordered Taylor held on no bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned September 13. 

Authorities said 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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