A Washington State father is accused of lethally shooting his adult daughter multiple times in what authorities said was a “trivial dispute” over a baby gate, KCPQ-TV reports.
Wendell Wilson, 58, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his daughter, 38-year-old Lila Wilson. Prosecutors in Renton, Washington, filed the charge on Thursday.
According to court records, on June 10, Wendell Wilson shot Lila six times, including twice in her head and just feet from her 1-year-old child.
When police arrived on the scene, Wilson walked out of the residence with the baby. Wilson reportedly waived his Miranda rights and admitted to shooting his daughter.
“I went and got my gun and I shot her,” he told police. “I just murdered my daughter!”
Wilson said the argument arose over a baby gate.
Wendell Wilson is facing murder charges over allegedly shooting his daughter dead June 10, with her 13-month-old son just feet away, in Renton, Washington.https://t.co/m8mS5GevPs
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“We got into an argument about putting a gate up in the kitchen to block the baby because he is mobile,” he told police, according to KOMO-TV.
In speaking with investigators, Wilson claimed that his daughter tended to “escalate” their arguments and said this dispute got carried away. He said he believed she struck or pushed him.
“I went and got my gun and I shot her,” he then told police.
Wilson does not have a history of violence, but prosecutors said “his willingness to resort to lethal violence to settle a trivial dispute demonstrates the grave risk he presents to the community.”
Wilson’s ex-wife – and Lila’s mother – told investigators that she got a call from Wilson around 4:30 p.m. in which he said he would kill Lila. The phone went silent, and when she called him back soon after, Wilson said “I shot her. I killed her.”
Wilson is being held in jail on $2 million bail. He is scheduled for another court appearance later this month.
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