A 68-year-old Wilhoit man was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday, Oct. 10, after Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies said he shot and killed his younger brother, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.
Deputies responded to a call reporting a shooting in the 7000 block of West Toots Turnout in Wilhoit at about 9:30 a.m., D’Evelyn said.
The call was placed by Warren Lewis.
When deputies arrived, they found Gregory Lewis, 58, on the ground outside, suffering from an upper body gunshot wound.
Although a medical helicopter responded to the scene, Gregory was pronounced dead before he could be flown to a hospital.
Warren told deputies that he had ongoing arguments with Gregory about rent and other issues, D’Evelyn said, and on Tuesday, Gregory became angry and started “destroying Warren’s personal property in the home.”
Warren picked up a .22-caliber handgun and told Gregory to calm down, but instead, Gregory took a step toward him, and Warren fired.
Gregory walked outside, where Warren found him, not breathing, and Warren called 911. Warren told deputies that about 20 minutes passed between the shooting and the phone call, D’Evelyn said.
Warren is being held without bond at the Camp Verde jail.