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Man who admitted to stabbing his wife to death dies at the hospital

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

ROANOKE, VA – A Franklin County man who admitted to murdering his wife has died.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says 84-year-old Donald Taylor passed away on Monday, February 8 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Donald was released on a medical furlough after being arrested and charged with the murder of his wife 82-year-old Clara Taylor.



FRANKLIN COUNTY, VA – A Franklin County man is behind bars after admitting to murdering his wife.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says they were called to Mallard Cove Road in the Moneta community shortly after 8 a.m. in reference to a murder.

When deputies arrived, they say they found Clara Taylor, 82, of Moneta, dead on her bed from apparent stab wounds.

According to the sheriff’s office, her husband, Donald Taylor, 84, of Moneta, was at the scene and admitted to killing his wife.

Donald Taylor was arrested and charged with second degree murder.

He is being held in the Franklin County Jail without bond.

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