SALT LAKE CITY – Utah man who shot and killed a city worker, set fire to her truck, and his neighbor’s house on fire told witnesses that he did after the “years of harassment” laws require clean up of waste and weeds outside his home, police said Friday.
Kevin Wayne Billings, 64, said the code enforcement officer in a suburb of Salt Lake City “got what they deserved,” said the police in the jail documents.
Jill Robinson had shared with Billings, but it was a routine call, and the code enforcement officers do not plan to harass residents, officials said.
He poured gasoline on the Robinson’s city pick-up truck, in flames Thursday, police said. He also started a fire on his neighbor’s deck, which spread to their house and destroyed it, killing six dogs and two cats, police said.
Billings had wrongly accused the neighbors of the reporting of his yard to the city, a spokeswoman for the couple, who lived next door said.
As the fire burned, he stood on his driveway, in the vicinity of the body, witnesses told the police.
The work was arrested on suspicion of aggravated arson, murder and other charges. No lawyer was listed for him in court records, and there was no answer at listed phone number.
The police say that they are an assault-style rifle, a pistol, bolt cutters, a burning torch and gas cylinders in his house.
Robinson, 52, was an unarmed, civilian employee, who usually dealt with complaints about unkempt yards or abandoned cars, West Valley City officials said. Code enforcement officers are trained to leave and call the police when people are hostile.
Robinson was remembered as a mother, grandmother, and dedicated employee who loved softball. She worked for the city for 10 years.
“She was always very friendly, quick to wave when you would see her,” city spokesman Sam Johnson said.
Other code enforcement officers were pulled from the streets immediately after the murder. It was not clear how long that would take and it was still too early to say where the security changes are made, Johnson said.
Court records show the Work had a history of code enforcement costs dating back decades.
After a few months of prodding by the city, he pleaded guilty in 1992 to misdemeanor of weed control and bulky waste-accumulation costs and the agreed upon cleanup of his house. Five years later, a judge signed an order allowing the city to clean up waste they said was obstructing the view of the street.
The neighbors, who are home from Work, is accused of burning lived less than a year, said Pam Nichols, of which the employee, a fellow vet, lived there.
Stephanie Shine and her husband, Ryan, Luke, did not know that the Work is good, but last week he faced Shine, and accused her of working for the city and the report of him, said Nichols. Although he showed signs of a “potter,” Sheen had never complained, said Nichols. She tried to tell him that, but he seemed not satisfied.
“We’re just happy that she’s alive, that he is not dead,” said Nichols, who serves as a spokeswoman of the family who are trying to rebuild after the loss of their pets and everything they own.
Sheen specialized in the treatment of elderly animals and had adopted several, her boss said.
“They thought that they needed someone to keep them in their old age,” said Nichols.
Luke was at home, working in the detached garage when the fire started. He broke out the window and heard the animals’ cries, but couldn’t reach them in time, ” she said.