Police: Vicki Bolling dies after shot several times by her husband, Bill Bolling charged with first degree murder

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Video: Elderly St. Pete man shoots wife, yells at 10 News camera


ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - It's not the kind of crime that happens on 74th Circle Northeast in St. Pete.

The quiet Shore Acres neighborhood, with its Spanish-tile roofs and manicured lawns, rarely sees any crime. In fact, residents joke that the last dealing they had with police was from a car being broken into on their street.

But, there is one problem they've always battled, neighbors admit. He's a man named Bill Bolling, a 72-year-old with a volatile temper and a drinking problem.

"He's so mean," one neighbor told 10 News, "and he's awful to his wife. He just yells at everyone."

Bolling was accused of more than yelling early Tuesday afternoon.  He admitted to St. Pete police he gunned down his wife in a drunken stupor.

Then, he called the cops -- on himself.

He told the dispatcher that "he just killed his wife" and to send help. It was around 2:30 p.m. when neighbors heard gunshots.  Then, they saw Bill's wife, Vicki, running into the yard to get away from him. She had been shot multiple times. She finally collapsed in their yard, panting and gasping for air.

Residents tell us they were desperate to rescue her and be by her side, but were terrified that the man they call their "unruly neighbor" would come after them.

"I wanted nothing more than to run over there and help her, pray for her, take her hand. And, we were afraid," said Beth Scognamiglio, who lives across the street.

Vicki Bolling was rushed to the hospital, where she died overnight. Her husband's charges have now been upgraded to first degree murder.

As he was transported to jail Tuesday night, the 72-year-old had some choice words for our 10 News camera when we asked him what happened and why his wife had been shot.

Bolling bellowed, "I don't believe anything you're saying.  What s#!%head are you from? Turn off your mic and get out of my face! You understand that?"

Neighbors tell us that Bolling is a longtime alcoholic and often lashes out at people, including his wife. The couple has been married for more than three decades.

Scognamiglio said, "She was trying her best to get him back to health. That was her goal, for him to be healthy and for them to enjoy their life."

Bill Bolling will make his first court appearance 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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