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Deputies: Seffner woman stabs, shoots spouse


Published:   |   Updated: May 21, 2013 at 06:40 AM

Clyde Wint feared something might go wrong for his friend Ervin Washington.

Washington's wife, Emon Tennille Kellar, at times would act aggressively, Wint said.

“I've seen her in action before and how volatile she could get,” said Wint, president of the Brandon Lions youth football league where Washington coached. “And it was always my concern. I used to tell him if it gets that bad, just walk away.”

On Monday morning, Washington didn't have a chance to get away from Kellar, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators said Kellar shot Washington in the driveway of their Seffner home. The night before, she had stabbed her husband five times, but he survived, the sheriff's office said.

She finished the job Monday using a gun, the sheriff's office said.

Kellar, 34, of 130 Winston Manor Circle, Seffner, has been charged with first-degree murder. She's being held in a Hillsborough County jail with no bail.

Investigators said Washington called his mother from a Walmart on U.S. 92 about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and said his wife had stabbed him and flattened the tires on his truck.

His mother picked him up, took him to her home and treated his wounds, the sheriff's office said.

About 4 a.m. Monday, Washington was delivering newspapers with his mother, who was driving, when Kellar began following them in her vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

Washington's mother was dropping him off at his home when Kellar arrived and threatened Washington, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office then got a call at 5:30 a.m. reporting a dead man at the address.

A neighbor told deputies she heard yelling, saw Kellar raise her hand toward Washington and then heard a loud pop, according to the sheriff's office.

Kellar ran inside the house and told her children that their father had killed himself, then tried to put the firearm in Washington's left hand, the sheriff's office said.

Washington was a coach with the Brandon Lions youth football league. According to the league website, Washington coached ages 9 to 11 in the Midget division.

Wint called Washington one of his best coaches in the league.

“It's going to be really hard for me to look at all those kids' faces at my park that really loved him,” Wint said.

Wint knew Washington was having family problems. He said sometimes they would pray together.

“I always kind of knew it was a rough situation for him,” Wint said. “There were times during last season when he would say, 'Hey, look, I'm not going to be there this evening. I might not make this event because I got issues going on at home.'”


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