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Daughter: Dad aimed gun at me

A Homosassa man is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after his caretaker daughter accuses him of threatening her.

By SUZANNAH GONZALES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 23, 2003


HOMOSASSA -- A 73-year-old man is accused of pointing a Colt .45 pistol at his daughter, who had been caring for him, while she cooked breakfast for him Friday morning.

William Alfred Gulley, of 7101 W Grover Cleveland Blvd., Homosassa, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and altering or removing the serial number from a firearm. He was transported to the jail Friday, and Saturday morning he appeared in court, where his bail was set at $10,000.

Since 2000, the daughter, whose name and age were not known Saturday, has been caring for Gulley because of his age and deteriorating health, according to an arrest affidavit. She told officials she had power of attorney over Gulley and his financial assets because of past poor financial decisions. Gulley is currently $20,000 in debt, and his property is being foreclosed, the report said.

According to the report, Gulley has become progressively physically and mentally abusive toward his daughter, often making threats to cut her heart out and blow her head off. The daughter said the abuse had worsened since she had turned away several of his acquaintences who she thought had been stealing from him, the report said.

About 9 a.m. Friday, while she made breakfast for him, he took his pistol from a storage compartment in the left arm rest of his easy chair, pointed it at her and told her he would blow her head off.

At first, she told Gulley to put the gun away, the report said, and she went into a back bedroom. On her way back to the kitchen, Gulley pointed the gun and squeezed the trigger, the report said.

The daughter heard the click, looked down and noticed that the gun was not loaded, she told authorities about 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Citrus County Sheriff's Office substation in Homosassa.

When deputies then went to Gulley's residence, he told them he was angry at his daughter for trying to move in and take over his life, the report said.

He sat in his chair, cleaning his pistol, while his daughter prepared breakfast, he told authorities. He said he asked his daughter to leave, and after she refused, he waved his pistol in her direction and pulled the slide back, which made it click. Because of trouble in the neighborhood, he keeps his pistol ready near his chair or bed, the report said.

Officials noticed that the firearm did not have any numbers or markings on it. Gulley said they had been removed when he had work done on the gun.

-- Suzannah Gonzales can be reached at 860-7312 or sgonzales@sptimes.com.

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