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'We've been through hell,' Tampa man tells dispatcher after deputies say he killed wife

TAMPA — He asked for deputies to come but wanted them to leave the sirens off.

Seconds after Randall Willis confessed to killing his ailing wife, Gilda Beth, 61, during a 911 call Tuesday, he sought to keep the matter literally quiet.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office released the 911 call Thursday.

Willis, also 61, of 4316 Clewis Ave., called 911 at noon Tuesday and told a dispatcher he'd shot his wife.

"She's just suffered too much and, uh, we're out of money, out of gas," he told the dispatcher. "She needed her pills refilled. She was suffering."

Willis said his sleeping wife didn't know he was going to shoot her, but their financial problems, coupled with her illness, became too much.

Records show their home had been foreclosed on and was scheduled for a public sale the day of the shooting.

"We've been through hell, and I couldn't see her suffer any more. We were being evicted today. And, uh, I just knew she wouldn't go through, last another hospital stay — especially with my insurance being canceled," he said during the call.

The dispatcher assured Willis that deputies were on the way and asked him to stay on the line and talk to her until help arrived.

Willis sat on his front porch, talking to the dispatcher on his cellphone because his home phone had been disconnected for nonpayment.

He left the gun inside on the TV.

Gilda Beth had been shot twice, once in the head and once in the chest, according to the Sheriff's Office.

She'd been "very sick" for years, Willis said during the call.

"We'd just done everything we could to keep her alive. Her liver's shot," he said. "She's had so many strokes and seizures."

The first deputy approached on motorcycle — no siren. But Willis could hear them in the distance.

Willis faces a second-degree murder charge and was being held Thursday in a Hillsborough County jail.

'We've been through hell,' Tampa man tells dispatcher after deputies say he killed wife 03/22/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:00pm]
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