A Florida man fed up with his locked-out roommate allegedly shot and killed him with a pellet gun, authorities said.
On July 8, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jesse Hill, 42, and charged him with manslaughter and tampering with evidence in connection to the shooting death of 44-year-old Ernie Wilburn last spring, WKMG-TV reported.
On May 4, Wilburn was locked out of the Altoona home he shared with Hill, so he was shouting for his roommate to let him inside, deputies said.
Investigators serving a search warrant at the residence found what appeared to be a blood stain on the floor and the dead victim in the living room beneath a sheet and pillows. Deputies believe the victim's body was moved to inside the residence after he was struck.
An autopsy determined a pellet hit Wilburn’s lung and he “suffered for a significant time, prior to his death.”
Deputies said they recovered a high-velocity Ruger .22-caliber air rifle believed to be the murder weapon, which Hill claimed he wasn't aware could be deadly.
“He didn't expect that air rifle to kill him,” Lt. John Herrell with the Lake County Sheriff's Office said, WESH reported. “He should have known. He should have known it was a very dangerous weapon because he'd been recently warned by his landlord not to be shooting it into the home because it went through several walls.”
Hill was being held without bond.
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