William “Willy” Taylor, 46, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of felony failing to report a death in the killing of his parents, 76-year-old Paul Taylor and 77-year-old Mary Jane Taylor.
The victims’ decomposing bodies were found in a shed on Sept. 14 behind their Nampa home in the 1900 block of Flamingo Avenue.
The former Idaho police officer was seen purchasing multiple cleaning supplies and rolls of tape after the deaths, according to police.
Jane Taylor’s remains had been wrapped in a tarp secured with duct tape; she was stabbed at least 10 times and was beaten with a blunt object, and she had a skull fracture, police said. Meanwhile, autopsies showed that Paul Taylor had been beaten and had injuries consistent with being strangled.
The search for William Taylor, who served in the Nampa police reserve in 1990-91 and as a Pocatello police officer from 1991-96, began after police reported that the Dodge pickup owned by Paul Taylor was missing. William Taylor was picked up by Oregon police in that truck. The pickup had stolen Oregon license plates on it, according to police. He reportedly told Oregon police that he “freaked out” when he found his parents dead.
“Taylor stated he went home and that there was blood everywhere, and both of his parents were deceased inside the home. Taylor went on to say he was afraid, did not know what to do, so he left in his father’s truck,” a police report said.
Further investigation found that in the days leading up to the discovery of the bodies, there was suspicious activity by William Taylor.
Police found a receipt, dated Sept. 11, that consisted of a purchase of two rolls of tape and cleaning wipes from a Fred Meyer store in Nampa. Also on Sept. 11, William Taylor is accused of buying cleaning supplies from a WinCo in Nampa, including a scrub brush, hydrogen peroxide and giant leaf bags.
On Sept. 10, a man police believe to be Taylor was seen on surveillance at a Walmart in Nampa buying a beer mug, brass padlock, trash bags, dog snacks, carpet cleaner and Clorox wipes.
Some of those cleaning items were later found at the home with the bodies.
Taylor’s next court appearance is set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19. He remains in custody at the Canyon County jail.