REIDSVILLE, N.C. – The Latest on a North Carolina man charged in a killing 40 years ago in Florida (all times local):
A North Carolina man who authorities say shot and killed a former immigration official and wounded a Florida mayor almost 40 years ago has agreed to return and face the charges.
William Claybourne Taylor appeared for three minutes on Thursday at an extradition hearing in a Guilford County courtroom.
Taylor said nothing during the brief hearing. His lawyer agreed to let him be sent back to Florida. Court officials say Taylor was concerned about taking care of his wife, with whom he lived in the nearby town of Reidsville.
Taylor, who lived under the alias James Emmet Manion, was arrested by federal agents one week ago.
Taylor disappeared in 1980 after he was indicted on charges of murder and aggravated battery.
A man on the run for 40 years after a deadly shooting evaded authorities, got married and settled under an alias in a small North Carolina town and ran a wallpaper store.
But the FBI says the life of James Manion was part of a long deception after a violent 1977 crime in Florida. Authorities say the fugitive — whose real name is William Claybourne Taylor — was the triggerman in an attempt to assassinate the then-mayor of Williston, which left the mayor wounded and another government official dead.
Taylor is scheduled to have a court hearing in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Thursday, a week after he was captured. Authorities say he disappeared in 1980 after he was indicted on charges of murder and aggravated battery.