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Lithia woman, 22, accused of shooting boyfriend with a shotgun while he slept

LITHIA — Six weeks ago, a police officer told Henry Wilson to give up on his daughter.

The officer said that 22-year-old Sarah Ann Wilson was "too far gone" when she met with her father at a government office to get a driver's license.

"She looked high as hell, foaming at the mouth," her father recalled.

He wasn't shocked when he heard on television news Wednesday that his daughter had been charged with murdering her boyfriend by putting a shotgun to the back of his head as he slept.

"That's what drugs do to you," Wilson, 67, of Tampa said.

Sarah Ann Wilson had shot and killed 50-year-old Timothy Miller in the living room of their 10216 Dry Bridge Road home about 9 p.m. Sunday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies found out about the killing on Tuesday after someone first approached Tampa police.

Wilson and Miller fought on Saturday, authorities said, because Wilson had taken Miller's truck without asking and gone to smoke crack cocaine.

Henry Wilson said his daughter has been doing drugs since she was 17. She did oxycodone, a powerful and highly addicitive painkiller, and heroin, he said. She got addicted to them and never stopped, he said.

On Sunday, Miller was sleeping on a bed in the living room when Wilson shot him with a .410 shotgun, authorities said.

She told someone Monday, the Sheriff's Office reported, and took a witness to see Miller's body Tuesday.

But it wasn't until she told a second person that the authorities were called to investigate.

Deputies went to check on Miller at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

No one answered the door, so deputies forced their way in and found his body. Miller's truck was found abandoned at N 50th Street and E Broadway Avenue.

Deputies said they caught up to Wilson at the Tampa 8 Inn at 4350 E Columbus Drive.

On Wednesday, she was being held without bail on a second-degree murder charge at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Her father said she has a 4-year-old child who lives with the child's father. "He couldn't do with the drugs addiction, either," Henry Wilson said.

Jail records show that she previously had been arrested on charges of burglary, prostitution and marijuana possession.

She was serving two years of probation stemming from a guilty plea on a burglary charge, state records show.

Wilson's father said his daughter did only a short stint in rehab and refused family help with her drug addiction.

"She prostituted herself out, borrowed money from family members. Do that enough and after a while, even family turns its back on you," he said.

"She was a beautiful, smart child. She could have done something with her life. She ended up going the wrong way."

Times news researchers John Martin and Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.

Lithia woman, 22, accused of shooting boyfriend with a shotgun while he slept 11/02/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 11:54pm]
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