Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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 or (727) 445-4157.

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

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pitching on no rest backfires for Erasmo Ramirez, Rays

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — After battling through a 61/2-hour affair Sunday in Minnesota that was the second-longest game in franchise history, Rays officials were quick to decide that even though Erasmo Ramirez had just worked the 15th and final inning, they would stick with him to start Monday's game in Texas.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers, comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.
  2. Britain investigating missed signals over Manchester bomber


    LONDON — Britain's domestic intelligence agency, MI5, is investigating its response to warnings from the public about the threat posed by Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a crowded Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, last week.

    People gather Monday at St. Ann’s Square in Manchester, England, to view tributes to victims of the suicide bombing that killed 22 on May 22 as a concert by Ariana Grande was concluding.
  3. Trump condemns killing of pair who tried to stop racist rant


    The mayor of Portland, Ore., on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

    Coco Douglas, 8, leaves a handmade sign and rocks she painted at a memorial in Portland, Ore., on Saturday for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women. From left are Coco's brother, Desmond Douglas; her father, Christopher Douglas; and her stepmother, Angel Sauls. [Associated Press]
  4. What major sporting event could Tampa Bay land next?

    Lightning Strikes

    We are on quite a roll as a community. First, we had a Super Bowl drop from the storm clouds into our lap. It just reaffirms the fact that Tampa Bay is great at lap. And Monday it became official: Next year's NHL All-Star Game will be held at Amalie Arena. The best in the world will be here to shoot and score. And …

    MVP Wayne Gretzky is congratulated at the 1999 NHL All-Star game, the last time the event was in Tampa Bay. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times file]
  5. How the 2018 NHL All-Star Game reflects Jeff Vinik's vision for Tampa

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There were several reasons the NHL announced Monday that Tampa will host the 2018 All-Star Game on Jan. 28.

    This was the  logo for the 1999 NHL All-Star game played Sunday, Jan 24, 1999 at the Ice Palace in Tampa Bay. (AP Photo)