Woman, 49, ‘repeatedly stabbed her 69-year-old retired cop father until he died in a sick scheme to move into his house’
- Bond was set at $1million on Monday for Liscia Willis, 49, in Cincinnati court
- Willis is charged in stabbing death of her father, James Lee Dunlap, 69
- Police say Willis killed Dunlap because she wanted to take over his home
- Dunlap’s body was found in basement of his Forest Park, Ohio, house on Friday
An Ohio woman fatally stabbed her 69-year-old father because she wanted to take over ownership of his house, authorities allege.
Liscia Willis, 49, was arrested on Saturday in Forest Park, Ohio, after investigators say she repeatedly stabbed her father, retired Cincinnati police officer James Lee Dunlap, to death and left his body in the basement of his home.
A Hamilton County court set bond for Willis at $1million on Monday, according to WKRC-TV.
Authorities say that after Willis killed Dunlap, she began moving her belongings into his home.
Willis is alleged to have planned to take over the mortgage on the property, which was in her father’s name.
Ohio police arrested Liscia Willis (left), 49, in the stabbing death of her father, James Lee Dunlap (right), 69
Authorities say Willis stabbed Dunlap repeatedly inside his home. His body was found by police on Friday
Dunlap’s body was discovered in his home on Friday after police responded to a wellness check.
A family member asked police to go to the home and check up on Dunlap.
Dunlap’s wife was out of town at the time of the alleged stabbing, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
At Monday’s court hearing, a fight nearly broke out between family members who are divided in their support for Willis and Dunlap, according to WKRC-TV.
Willis’ lawyer, defense attorney Clyde Bennett, said his client has no criminal record or history of mental illness.
‘You have a woman who’s a pretty good woman for 49 years of her life,’ Bennett told the TV station.
‘And all of a sudden they claim she just woke up and took a knife and started stabbing her father.
‘That’s asinine to me and doesn’t make sense.’
Willis is seen left in court with her attorney, Clyde Bennett, in Cincinnati on Monday
Hamilton County court records indicate that Willis has a history of civil actions. She has been taken to court for numerous traffic violations, evictions, foreclosures, and other small claims matters.
Dunlap was remembered fondly by the Cincinnati Police Department.
Eliot Isaac, the chief of police, said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of retired Police Officer James Lee “Skip” Dunlap.
‘Skip was a tremendous police officer and a beloved member of our Department.
‘His death is a true tragedy and we are all mourning his loss.
‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.’
Dan Hils, the president of the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police,said Dunlap was ‘just a nice guy and that’s so sad to hear about somebody that passed and passed in this way and passed at this time of the year.’
Dunlap joined the force in 1974 after serving in Vietnam with the Army. He retired in 2002.
‘I was a young policeman,’ Hils said when asked about meeting Dunlap.
‘I just remember him as a friendly gentleman who treated even the young police officers with respect and was a kind and easy-going street policeman.’