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UPDATE: Amarillo Builder Charged With Murder Of Wife

Paul David Gillette Paul David Gillette

Maxine Riddling
NewsChannel 10

BUSHLAND, TEXAS - A man who pleaded guilty in 2007 to structuring money transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements is in the Potter County Detention Center, charged with murdering his wife.

Paul David Gillette, 47, was arrested early Sunday morning after Potter County deputies went to his home at 2001 Las Tecovas just after reports of his wife, Sherri was being assaulted. When deputies arrived on scene they heard noises coming from the garage. The front door to the home was open and one of the couples children gave authorities keys to the garage. When they opened the door to one of the garages they found his wife, Sherri Michelle Gillette, 44, dead inside her vehicle.  It appeared she was physically assaulted.

An unknown source called deputies saying they were on the phone with her when the phone fell to the ground and they heard screaming. That's when they called the Potter County Sheriff's office.

Gillette was also found sitting in the pitch black garage.

Paul Gillette pleaded guilty in federal court in 2007 after depositing 46 different amounts of cash less than $10,000, which is the minimum required to report to the federal government.  The money came from an Amarillo couple for which he was building a home.

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Right now, Mr. Gillette is in the Potter County Jail on $1,000,000 bond. Investigators say he has yet to talk to them and refuses to until he gets an attorney.

Anyone with information on the murder is asked to call the Special Crimes Unit at 374-9468.

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