CUDAHY, WISCONSIN – A $30 rent increase was allegedly the motivation for a man killing his landlord.
Jason Tilley, 37, is facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm as a felon after he allegedly shot his landlord in the head allegedly over a $30 rent increase.
According to the criminal complaint, the wife of the victim, reported her husband missing on Thursday, March 1. She told police her husband had gone to the apartment complex he owns in Cudahy to meet with a tenant who was identified as “Jason,” but never returned.
The landlord’s body was found March 2 in the garage at the complex, 6140 S. Packard Ave., wrapped in a blanket. An autopsy showed the man died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the complaint.
The landlord’s daughter reported to police she saw her father’s car in the parking lot of Monterrey Express, 3101 S. 13th St. The complaint states surveillance footage showed a man parking, exiting, and then catching a bus. A police officer identified him as Tilley.
When questioned by police, Tilley said he paid the landlord $560 in cash for rent and was told the rent was being increased by $30, which he said upset him. Tilley initially said he didn’t have an altercation with the landlord, but when asked if he shot him, he said “yep,” according to the complaint.
In the complaint, Tilley said he had a handgun in his hoodie picket and while they were talking in the garage the landlord turned away from him and he shot him in the back of the head.
Following the shooting, Tilley said he took money out of the landlord’s pocket and his car keys. He later admitted to abandoning the car around 13th Street and Oklahoma Avenue, the complaint said. The man said he went to Walmart and bought new clothes, leaving his old ones there.
Tilley also said in the complaint he left to give a urine sample due to being on federal probation and then went to have some beers and shots before going home and getting up for work the next day, where he was arrested.
Blood was also reportedly seen on the door and door frame to Tilley’s apartment, according to the complaint.
The next day, two officers returned to the apartment complex — and looked in the garage. They “observed what appeared to be a pool of blood that led to a large blanket rolled up against the wall.” The victim was inside. An autopsy shows the victim died as a result of a gunshot wound to the back of the head.
“Someone loses a temper, maybe smack ’em or something, but to kill him…” said Cebula.
Tilley was arrested at his workplace on March 2. When questioned by investigators, Tilley stated he did meet with the victim. He paid the victim $560 in cash for rent “and was told by the victim that his rent was being increased by $30.” Tilley said this upset him.
Tilley — who had a handgun stashed in his hoodie — then shot the man in the back of the head while they were in the garage, as the landlord turned away from him. Tilley said he had no previous issues with the landlord, but calmly admitted to killing the man when asked by investigators, saying “yep,” according to the criminal complaint.
After the killing, Tilley said he took money and car keys from the man’s pockets before stealing his car and later abandoning it. Tilley also went to Walmart and bought new clothes, leaving his old clothes behind. He then downed some beers and shots before going home and heading the next day to work, where he was arrested.