BANGOR, Maine — A Florida woman was arrested in that state on Monday and charged with second-degree murder for reportedly shooting Dedham resident Arthur “Art” Tilley Jr. to death at her home back in March.
Tamra Suzanne Leasure, 43, of Riverview, Fla., was arrested after a two-month investigation by the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, Maj. Harold Winsett said by phone Thursday.
“There was some kind of argument [on March 5] and she killed Mr. Tilley,” Winsett said. Tilley, 57, was staying at Leasure’s residence at the time.
Leasure “shot the victim three times with her .38-caliber handgun, and then placed the gun in the victim’s hand to stage a suicide,” a press release posted on the sheriff’s office Web site states. “The investigation determined that the defendant and victim were arguing in the kitchen when [Leasure] pulled the revolver and fired, hitting [Tilley] three times — in the head, neck and torso.”
During the investigation, Leasure told detectives that “the third shot was not necessary.”
Leasure was placed into the Orient Road Jail after her arrest at her home in Riverview, which is a suburb of Tampa about eight miles south of the city.
Tilley, a longtime Bangor resident, was a well-known and active local Kiwanis Club member who worked for Page Answering Service for 30 years, and later for Com-Nav Inc., both based in Brewer.
He spent much of his time as a youth at the Bangor YMCA and he graduated from Bangor High School. He joined the Bangor Kiwanis Club close to 35 years ago, serving many years as the club’s secretary. He also served as secretary of the New England District of Kiwanis and was awarded the Irving R. Talberth Outstanding Club Secretary Award from the New England District in November 2001.
“It is with very heavy heart that I must report the loss of a very dear friend to all of us,” Debby Paradis, current club president, said in a March e-mail to members. “Never have I met anyone as dedicated to children and their well-being as Art Tilley. He will be so very missed by all of us. We most certainly have lost a very precious part of our club.”
Arthur Tilley’s father, Arthur Tilley Sr., is a former Bangor city councilor.