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St. Petersburg domestic quarrel ends in death

ST. PETERSBURG — A man was arrested after he walked up to two police officers early Sunday and told them he had killed his wife the day before, according to authorities.

Police who responded to Donald Lee Wilmore's apartment at 728 18th Ave. S found 55-year-old Alma Joyce Pertee dead.

Wilmore, 46, is accused of killing Pertee during a domestic dispute Saturday morning.

He told police the argument started Saturday when he came home and "found an undressed man inside of his apartment," a statement released by police said. The man ran from the apartment and Wilmore and Pertee started to argue, then he choked her, Wilmore told police. The two weren't married, but they lived together as a couple and have a "history of domestic quarrels," police said.

After the killing, Wilmore wandered around town for a day before he approached the officers at the rear parking lot of the police station at 1300 First Ave. N.

Wilmore, who is listed as a registered sexual offender on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Web site, has prior arrests for domestic battery and false imprisonment of Pertee and failure to register as a sexual offender. The disposition of those charges was unclear Sunday. He was being held without bail Sunday evening at the Pinellas County Jail.

Pertee has two prostitution convictions, for which she got probation. For a special report about homelessness in Pinellas County two years ago, Pertee told a St. Petersburg Times reporter that she was once homeless and addicted to drugs but had found her way off the streets and was working to help feed and clothe other homeless through her job at the ASAP Drop-In Center.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

St. Petersburg domestic quarrel ends in death 04/12/09 [Last modified: Sunday, April 12, 2009 11:11pm]
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