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Mother’s Day ends with deadly violence inside Denair home

POSTED May 10, 2011 9:16 p.m.

A Denair teenager has been arrested for the death and injury of two family members Sunday night.

Kenneth Wills, 62, was found dead inside the home in the 3000 block of Salluce Drive in Denair. His wife, 61-year-old Susan Wills, was suffering from multiple injuries from an assault and was rushed to a local hospital, where she is now listed in stable condition, said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Keith Rakoncza.

Also at the home was a 17-year-old girl who was taken into custody by the sheriff’s department and has since been charged with homicide, attempted homicide and assault with a deadly weapon.

The 17-year-old girl was taken into custody at the scene. Her name has not been released because she is a minor, however, neighbors have identified her as Shanna Wills.

Shanna Wills was in Stanislaus County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon and was arraigned in a closed courtroom. The district attorney’s office has decided to charge her as an adult.

Neighbors on Salluce Drive said the girl is the daughter of the two victims, but the sheriff’s department would not specify the exact relationship between the individuals, only to say that they are family members.

Rakoncza said the investigation is still ongoing and as such, the sheriff’s department is releasing very few details about the attack.

Neighbors reported hearing a loud argument Sunday night that went on for at least an hour. It is not yet known when the sheriff’s department was contacted, but the first deputies arrived on scene at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Deputies immediately located Kenneth Wills, who had suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Susan Wills was found clinging to life and was rushed to the hospital.

Rakoncza could not give any further information about how the two Denair residents were assaulted.

The sheriff’s department did not provide any information as to a possible motive.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Cory Brown at 567-4485.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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