Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Police: St. Petersburg woman shot multiple times by husband dies

ST. PETERSBURG — The 64-year-old woman shot multiple times Tuesday by her husband of four decades has died in the hospital, according to police.

Vicki Marie Bolling died at Bayfront Medical Center after spending several hours undergoing emergency surgery.

William Bolling, 72, will now face a charge of first degree murder.

Police said some kind of argument led to the shooting, but they could not say what the couple argued about. William Bolling, though, had been drinking before the shooting, police said.

Ted Scarpino, a landscaper who was in the area at the time of the shooting, watched from inside a neighbor's home as the husband appeared to say something to his injured wife. Bolling went back inside and came back without the gun, then spoke with his wife again. She writhed in pain on the ground.

St. Petersburg Police reported the husband made one of the calls to 911 they received about the shooting in the Harbor Isle subdivision in northeast St. Petersburg.

"He made a statement to the operator that he had shot his wife," said police spokesman Mike Puetz.

The first call to 911 was made about 2:36 p.m., when police were told that a woman was lying in the yard after being shot and that the husband was standing outside 1433 74th Circle NE.

The couple were arguing when the husband fired the first shot inside the home. The wife fled to the back porch but was hit several times in the lower body when the husband started firing through an open window, officials said.

Vicki Bolling's son, John Stevenson, told Bay News 9 that his stepdad is a "monster."

"I've said it before, I'll say it again: You don't think Disney villains exist in real life," he said. "They do."

Stevenson says he'd been warning his mom for years that Bolling was going to try and kill her someday.

"My mother was a wonderful, sweet woman who just couldn't see it and now it's too late," he said. "She lived with his abuse. She took her marriage vows seriously."

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