For Immediate Release
April 15, 2006
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
MURDER SUSPECT TO
RETURN TO OKALOOSA
50-year old Ronald Lee Hill
is scheduled to return to
late Saturday night in the custody of two Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
Hill faces an open count of murder after turning himself in to authorities
. The former Shalimar resident confessed to killing 37-year old Wayne Douglas
Reynolds with a hammer during a drug-related fight in early January 1996.
During an interview Friday with
investigators, Hill told them he decided to come forward because the crime has
been weighing on him. He also said he had decided to commit suicide by hanging
himself from a tree but his attempts were thwarted twice when cars drove up to
the area he had picked. He then decided to go into the Pettis County Missouri
Sheriff’s Office and admit to the crime.
In reference to the crime, Hill says he went to Reynolds’ apartment on
Fort Walton Beach
to confront him. He says he believed Reynolds had ripped him off during a drug
deal. Hill told Okaloosa investigators he did not plan to kill Reynolds, but the
pair got into an argument and a shoving match. He says he picked up a nearby
hammer and hit Reynolds in the head.
Hill has waived extradition and should be returning to
late Saturday night with Sheriff’s Office investigators. He’ll be served
with a murder charge and booked into the Okaloosa County Department of
Corrections in Crestview.
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