Woman still sought in death of 70-year-old
A man who has spent more than a third of his life in prison has been arrested on a charge of killing an elderly Woodville man over the weekend.
Calvin Hills, 38, was arrested Tuesday night and faces a murder charge in the death of Anderson "Bo" Nelson, 70. His body was discovered earlier Tuesday by his brother, Randolph, in the secluded home where Nelson lived alone. Hills also faces charges of home-invasion robbery and grand theft of a motor vehicle. He's being held without bail at the Leon County Jail.
The Leon County Sheriff's Office is also looking for a woman, known only as "Brenda," in connection with the slaying.
Hills was seen Tuesday driving Nelson's 1988 Cadillac Eldorado, the report said. He agreed to meet detectives at his mother's house in southern Leon County and, after initially denying involvement, admitted that he and three women decided to rob Nelson, whom Hills knew. "This was not a random act of violence," said Sgt. Tony Drzewiecki, Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Two of the women, Jamerica Jackson and Angela Bailey, were being interviewed by detectives Wednesday evening, Drzewiecki said.
According to the arrest report, Hills told detectives he punched Nelson twice in the face and one of the women hit him repeatedly with a stick. They stole his wallet, the report said, and left him face down in a pool of blood in his living room, naked. Hills led detectives to the stick and to Nelson's wallet Tuesday night, the report said.
Hills told detectives he "knew what he was doing was wrong," according to the report, but "he was just caught up in the moment and was just thinking about getting money so he could purchase more crack cocaine."
Hills has spent more than 13 years in prison since 1989 for sexual battery, theft and other crimes, according to Florida Department of Corrections records. He was released last June from the Everglades Correctional Institution in Dade County.
Nelson, by contrast, was remembered fondly by friends and family, who said he was a truck driver and heavy-equipment operator for a while. He had been on disability in recent years, having lost part of his foot in an accident.
Vicki Lynn Holley, a paralegal in Tallahassee, said she was Nelson's neighbor for more than a decade before moving in 1999.
Nelson would do yardwork for Holley and fix her lawn mower; she would take care of his mail — Nelson couldn't read or write, she said — and bring him homemade blackberry jelly every Christmas.
"He was the best neighbor in the world," she said. "He was just one of those guys who would give you their right arm."