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Dad executed daughter during ‘petty argument’ about baby gate, prosecutors say

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RENTON, Wash. -- A father "executed" his daughter, shooting her six times during a "petty argument" about a baby gate, according to prosecutors.

King County Prosecuting Attorneys on Thursday charged 68-year-old Wendell Wilson with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Wilson shot his daughter, 38-year-old Lila Wilson, six times, including twice in the head, on June 10th. The killing happened just feet away from Lila's one-year-old child.

According to charging documents:

Wilson waved his Miranda's rights to police officers at the scene and admitted to shooting Lila.

"I went and got my gun and I shot her," he told investigators.

Medics checked Wilson before he was taken to the Renton Police Department for further questioning.

Investigators said Wilson again admitted to shooting his daughter during the argument.

"I just murdered my daughter!"

Wilson did not have a history of violent crime, prosecutors said. But they argued, "his willingness to resort to lethal violence to settle a trivial dispute demonstrates the grave risk he presents to the community."

Wilson's ex-wife and adopted mother to Lila told detectives she received a call from him at 4:30 p.m. He said he was going to kill Lila and then the phone went silent. She called him back a minute later and Wilson said "I shot her, I killed her."

A judge set bail at $2 million. Wilson's next court appearance is scheduled for later this month.

Lila was a "loved one to many of us in the Seattle dance music community, taken from us far too soon this week at age 38," according to a GoFundMe page.

"Lila was known for her ready smile that would light up a room, her fierce dancing, and as a warrior for those who needed help most, including migrant families and those in marginalized communities. She was a gorgeous soul, and so many of us are in shock with her passing."

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