MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WSLS 10) - New details emerged Tuesday about two people charged with second degree murder in Montgomery County.
Amanda Taylor, 24, and 32-year-old Sean Ball were charged in the death of 59-year-old Charles Taylor. The victim died at his home on Den Hill Road in the Ellett area of Montgomery County Saturday night.
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Taylor was arrested by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol on Sunday. According to spokesman Lt. Jeff Gordon, her vehicle was spotted on Interstate 40. After a two mile pursuit troopers stopped her vehicle using spike strips.
She was held at the McDowell County Jail in North Carolina. Ball was found in a North Carolina hospital suffering from a life threatening injury. Police say he's in critical but stable condition.
New information indicates a 911 call came in just after 7 p.m. Sunday for an injured, unresponsive man at milepost 386 of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
According to Blue Ridge Parkway Chief Ranger Neal Labrie, Taylor was arrested shortly before Ball was found. Evidence points to Taylor injuring Ball. Labrie says part of that evidence includes a statement she gave to the Highway Patrol. The FBI is now taking the lead in the investigation.
Comments about the incident were posted to an account believed to be used by Amanda Taylor on the social media website Instagram. One comment said in part:
"Everything I did was for the right reasons. I stabbed my father in law."
Later in the same post it said:
"If you keep looking for me more will die."
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said it is aware of the posts, but couldn't confirm how the victim, Charles Taylor, died.
Another post on the same account with an attached image showed a gun on what appeared to be a woman's lap.
Posts on a Facebook account also believed to be used by Taylor said:
"I proudly did this for Rex. I love my children but Charlie [my father-law] killed my husband."
Her husband, Rex Taylor, committed suicide last August.
"Our kids actually went to the same daycare and the same school," said Alexa Linkous, a friend of Amanda Taylor. "She babysat for me a few times, we kind of became really close after that."
Linkous said she's shocked about what happened and the impact it could have on Taylor's family.
"(I'm thinking of) her kids. Not just what she's done having an impact on them but what everyone else is saying," Linkous said. "They're impressionable, it's going to get to their school. They're already going to have a difficult life as it is and they don't need to grow up thinking their parents are monsters."
It's unclear when Taylor and Ball will return to Virginia. The McDowell County Clerk's Office in North Carolina confirms an extradition hearing for Taylor and Ball has been continued until May 6.
Police said this investigation is an on-going, multi-jurisdictional effort that involves many agencies from Montgomery County all the way to North Carolina, where the subjects were apprehended. They say some of the agencies who have provided direct assistance were the Blacksburg Police Department, Christiansburg Police Department, U.S. Marshall's Office, and North Carolina Highway Patrol.