A Centralia man spent his 56th birthday Monday in the Marion County Jail, charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter of a family member, for the Saturday afternoon shooting death of his 21-year-old daughter.
Charlie Wilkin told Centralia police that he and his daughter Chelsea Wilkin were having a mild discussion Saturday about picking up after each other around the house. He said he then tried to prove a point, picked up a 9 mm pistol, pointed it at her, and pulled the trigger.
He said he didn’t think the gun was loaded and expected to hear a click, also telling police he and Chelsea were just playing around and that it was something he had done in the past.
The father called 9-1-1 to the home in the 1300 block of Short Street and Chelsea was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia , where efforts to save her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead.
Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says an autopsy will be performed today on Chelsea Wilkin, as part of a continued investigation.
Charlie Wilkin appeared Monday in Marion County Court, where he was formally charged and Judge Mark Stedelin set bail at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 23, with Public Defender Tim Huyett appointed to the case.