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Mother Facing Charges in Willard Murder

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The mother of a man who shot and killed his neighbor is now facing charges.

72 year old Billie Hinkle has been charged with tampering with evidence. Deputies claim she attempted to hide the gun used in Tuesday night's shooting.

Authorities in Willard are still investigating the  shooting death of 62 year old Linda Ciotto of 4340 Kirkwood Drive, who was shot in the head by neighbor, James Blair, while she was mowing her lawn.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call at 11 p.m. that shots were fired on Kirkwood Drive. The caller told authorities to check on the well being of a female.

Authorities found Ciotto lying dead in the grass near a lawnmower in her front yard.

50-year-old James Blair of 4328 Kirkwood Drive held deputies at bay for nearly six hours.

He is in the Huron County Jail.

The Ohio Bureau of Investigation assisted sheriff's deputies at the crime scene.

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