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Man accused of killing wife dies after falling ill in jail

A man who allegedly shot his wife in March then phoned 911 died this afternoon while falling ill at Falkenburg Road Jail, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said. Randall Willis, 62, died at Tampa General Hospital, where he had transported after he collapsed at 7 a.m. in a general population housing unit where he had been held since his arrest on March 20. Deputies and jail medical staff administered aid to Willis. Sheriff's detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division are investigating death in accordance with agency policy whenever an inmate dies.
In March, Willis called 911 and told dispatchers he shot his wife Gilda after her health and their financial situation deteriorated. Willis shot his wife once in the head and once in the chest, deputies said. After a dispatcher answered the call, Willis said, "I just shot my wife." During the call, Willis asked a dispatcher to send officers to his home, 4316 Clewis Ave., with their sirens off. Deputies said Willis waited for them to arrive on his front porch. While he was waiting, he told the dispatcher his wife had been sick for years, they were about to lose their house, and his insurance had been canceled. "She just suffered too much," he said in the call. "Ran out of money, out of gas. She needed her pills refilled, she was suffering. We've been through hell and I couldn't see her suffer anymore. We were being evicted today and I knew she wouldn't last another hospital stay especially with my insurance being canceled."    

News Channel 8 Chip Osowski contributed to this report.

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