A town hall took a bizarre turn when one of the candidates running for an Arizona Senate seat stood up and told the crowd about the time he shot and killed his mother.
The crowd had gathered in an Arizona church to listen to potential lawmakers discuss their answer for gun-control. The event was sponsored by Moms Demand Gun Action and things were seemingly going as expected until Bobby Wilson took the mic and launched into the story about killing his mother.
Wilson framed the story as a "good guy with a gun" fable by saying he killed a crazed attacker in self-defense in the middle of the night. He left out the part about the woman being his mother and that his sister also died that night as well as the families house being burned down.
Newspaper headlines from the time of the killings in 1963 painted a much more complicated story than simple self-defense.
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Clearly Wilson isn't hiding his past, he shared the video of the story on his Facebook page. His story beings around the 1:33 mark.
According to AZ Central the story is far more complicated, including Wilson originally confessing to the murders, then changing his plea claiming he had amnesia about the events of the night. Eventually after two trials the state dropped the charges against him in 1973.
State Senate candidate Bobby Wilson shot his mother in 1963
People are suspicious of the story.
This mystery may never be solved, but it stands as a good lesson in the importance of getting out and voting.