Rebecca Ann Wilson, 24, was driving into her apartment complex yesterday about 1 pm, when two gunshots went through the front window of her vehicle. Authorities say she was shot point blank in the face and chest. Witnesses who saw the shooting have stated the weapon used was a shotgun, and that after the shooting the man gunman then drove slowly away.
The witness contacted police. Rebecca Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene. Police began looking for her ex-husband Dale Ray Wilson, 28, and they spotted his car at his place of employment.
Police attempted to make contact with Wilson, but they report the building was locked. Police blocked the street and a standoff began. A SWAT team and the bomb squad were called in. Several hours into the standoff Wilson reportedly called a local TV station. He reportedly told them he was upset with his ex-wife because she wouldn’t let him see his children. The standoff lasted for almost eight hours before Wilson surrendered to police at 9:45 pm.
Police have said the couple were estranged, but they were not sure if they were divorced or not. Neighbors have said Rebecca Wilson’s two children were not at home at the time of the shooting, and police have said the children were not harmed and they are now with relatives.
Dale Wilson was arrested and will face first degree murder charges.
It always amazes me when a parent uses the fact that they were not getting visitation as an excuse for murder. I understand the anger it causes. I understand the frustration. But not the murder.
If she was alive there would always be the hope that she would begin allowing the visitation. But even if she had never allowed the visitation, at some point the children would turn 18 years old. If he kept track of the children, contact with them could be made at that time. But by committing murder and if he is convicted, he ensured that when they turn 18 he will be locked away from them, and with the knowlege that he had murdered their mother- that lessens the chance that he will ever be able to reestablish a relationship with them.
In addition, he left the children with no parent available to care for them, no parent to comfort them over the loss of their mother. He left them with the memory of a funeral, right before Christmas and a lifetime of Christmas’s remembering what happened this year. Likely some member of the family will step forward and take the children and love them. But no amount of love and care will be able to erase the fact that their mother is dead at the hands of their father. Or to make up for the fact that their father is unavailable to them.
Initially identified as Dale Ray Wilson, the suspect’s name is actually Del Ray Wilson. Rebecca Wilson’s age which was given as 24, was said to actually be 23.
Rebecca Wilson was granted a restraining order on Sept. 25 after she told the court “He accused me of cheating and beat me up and put me in the hospital,” “He has said many times before he would kill me if I left, the last time was about a month ago.”
Four times over the following weeks he was charged with violating that order. In November Rebecca Wilson requested the order be modified to incude her children. She stated he was using the children to get in touch with her and was asking them about where she lived. The modification was granted. According to his family the last time he had seen his children was on Halloween night.