Man accused of murdering neighbor for mowing her lawn

Man accused of murdering neighbor for mowing her lawn

WILLARD, OH (WOIO) - A Huron County man is behind bars on a $1 million bond, accused of shooting his neighbor in the head because she was mowing her lawn.

It happened in the small town of Willard.

Police say 62-year-old Linda Ciotto was mowing her lawn Tuesday night around 9 p.m. when they say 50-year-old James Blair shot her in the head.

Investigators also believe Blair rolled the running lawnmower over her.

Ciotto lived next door to Blair's mother.

"I heard the lawnmower running. I heard that then after that I heard the shot," one neighbor said.

A quick look at the grass and you can see Ciotto had just started cutting the lawn.

The Huron County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene, then called for reinforcements from Willard Police and a SWAT team from Mansfield.

They say Blair went inside his mother's home and would not come out for six hours.

Authorities used tear gas to get Blair to surrender.

Blair's mother, 72-year-old Billie Hinkle, was also arrested. She is accused of tampering with evidence. Deputies say she hid the murder weapon.

We're told Ciotto was in the process of selling her home so she could move to Columbus to live with family.

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