NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a former Idaho police officer has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection to the death of his parents.
Law enforcement officials announced Thursday that 48-year-old William Paul Taylor has also been charged with two counts of failure to notify of a death.
Nampa police discovered the decomposing bodies of 76-year-old Paul Taylor and his wife 77-year-old Mary Jane Taylor hidden in a shed at the couple's home in September.
Jane Taylor's remains had been wrapped up in a tarp secured with duct tape after being stabbed 10 times in the back and beaten with a blunt object. Meanwhile, autopsies showed that Paul Taylor had been beaten and strangled.
Police were tipped off after a family member found what appeared to be a human body on the property.
Police say William Taylor served in the Nampa police reserve in 1990 and 1991, and then as a Pocatello police officer from 1991 to 1996.