Mom of man accused of running over neighbor with lawn mower is indicted

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WILLARD, Ohio -- The mother of a man accused of shooting his neighbor to death and then running her over with a lawn mower now faces charges.

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According to Huron County Common Pleas Court records, Billie A. Hinkle has been indicted on charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice in the case.

Her son, James Blair, 50, faces charges including murder, felonious assault, gross abuse of a corpse.

According to the Huron County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the 4300 block of Kirkwood Drive on July 28. They found Linda Ciotto, 62, dead with a gunshot wound to the head and injuries to her arm.

It was determined that Ciotto was using her lawn mower at the time of the incident. Blair is accused of shooting Ciotto and then running over her left arm with the mower.

Police say Hinkle then helped take the gun away from the scene.

They are both in Huron County Jail.

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