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St. Petersburg police: Teen fatally stabs stepfather to defend his mom

ST. PETERSBURG — A teenager is accused of fatally stabbing his stepfather Saturday night to stop a fight between his mother and the man.

The couple had been married only a few months, records show, and were having marital problems, police said.

Otis Wilson Jr., 41, and Paula Wilson, 40, got into a physical altercation around 8:30 p.m. at their home, 1915 17th St. S.

As they fought, 16-year-old Derrion Adams got a knife from a kitchen drawer.

He stabbed Otis Wilson several times in the torso and leg, police said.

Neither Paula or Otis Wilson had a weapon during the fight.

After the stabbing, Paula Wilson contacted police. She and her son stayed at the house until officers arrived. The teen turned over the kitchen knife and told officers he had stabbed his stepdad to defend his mother.

Otis Wilson was found sitting on a chair on the front porch, bleeding from his wounds and unconscious. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he later died.

Adams was charged as a juvenile with manslaughter and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.

It wasn't immediately clear what led to Saturday's fight, but Paula Wilson said she and her husband were having difficulties, police spokesman Mike Puetz said, and were in the process of getting a divorce.

Records show they were married in February.

St. Petersburg police were aware of only one other incident involving the couple, a verbal dispute in 2009, Puetz said.

A next-door neighbor, James Wallace, 20, said the house is one of the last places he would expect something like this to happen. He described the family as quiet and friendly.

He said the family members would often sit on the front porch and listen to music.

"They were good people," he said. "It's just shocking."

Their landlord, William "Buddy" Wilson, said he never had problems with them as tenants.

Records show that Otis Wilson Jr. had served two years in state prison after he was convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with a February 2002 arrest in St. Petersburg.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report.

St. Petersburg police: Teen fatally stabs stepfather to defend his mom 05/08/11 [Last modified: Sunday, May 8, 2011 11:03pm]
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