SLO County supervisor’s widow claims he was murdered

February 16, 2023

Dee Torres and Adam Hill


In an email to San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Jimmy Paulding, former Supervisor Adam Hill’s widow claims her husband was murdered.

In the Valentine’s Day email, Dee Torres-Hill asks Paulding to convince Gov. Gavin Newson to open an investigation into Hill’s death, which she claims actually occurred on Aug. 5, 2020. Hill committed suicide on Aug. 6, 2020, the day his body was found, according to the autopsy report.

“As we both know, Adam supported and believed in you from the start, and again even in death he was right,” Torres wrote in her email to Paulding. “Will you help me convince the governor to open an honest, and public investigation into my husband Adam Craig Hill’s death on Aug. 5, 2020, which is the day I believe he died.”

In the email, Torres-Hill accuses Sheriff Ian Parkinson, District Attorney Dan Dow and others of ignoring evidence.

“In fact, I say this with all seriousness, I have more evidence of a homicide than all the law enforcers combined have provided me so far of a suicide,” Torres-Hill says in her email. “As you can imagine, this mountain of evidence can’t be swept under the proverbial rug, as it has grown too big to be ignored any longer.”

“Today Jimmy, I am on bended knee asking you to please help me get the truth for my family, our community, and frankly all of our communities. Again, I am pleading with you to facilitate a meeting with the governor so that we can figure out the best way to launch a complete investigation into the almost two decades now political targeting of me and my family which resulted in, among countless other unimaginable injustices, my husband’s inevitable death.”

Paulding does not plan to contact the governor.

“Per our phone conversation, I reviewed the coroner’s report,” Paulding wrote in an email to Torres-Hill. “There is nothing that leads me to disagree with the conclusions made in the report. Further, I do not have any investigatory authority over this matter as a supervisor.”

Hill’s separation and death

After two years of marriage, Hill and Torres-Hill separated in the fall of 2016, according to court records. In early 2019, Hill filed for divorce.

Hill submitted a proposed judgement on Jan. 24, 2020, in order to finalize the divorce. At the time, he was dating Nicole Nix, his administrative assistant.

On March 11, 2020, the FBI raided Hill’s office at the county government center and his Shell Beach home over allegations of bribery and corruption. Shortly after the last agent left his home, Hill attempted to kill himself. He survived.

The following day, Torres-Hill’s attorney filed a pleading seeking to allow Torres-Hill rights to Hill’s retirement. Their divorce was pending when Hill died in Aug. 2020.

In the days leading up to his death, Hill returned to work after a month-long absence to find Nix had accused him of sexual misconduct, including groping, slapping and “gross things.”

On Aug. 6, Hill died from a drug overdose, which was deemed a suicide. He left a four-page suicide note.

Even so, multiple people tied to the bribery schemes have questioned if Hill was forced to take the fatal combination of cocaine and antidepressants.

Responses to Torres-Hill’s email

Becky Jorgeson, a woman on the almost 80-person email list, blamed CalCoastNews for Hill’s death in her response to Torres-Hill.

Torres-Hill thanks Jorgeson and then accuses KVEC radio host Dave Congalton and this CalCoastNews reporter of being paid to lie. An allegation Hill first lodged after CalCoastNews exclusively reported on his bribery schemes.

While Torres-Hill writes that she plans to never mention Congalton or this CalCoastNews reporter again, she notes her plans to target those who she claims ask KVEC and CalCoastNews to lie.

Torres-Hill, who no longer lives in SLO County, lists those she plans to target, including SLO County supervisors Dawn Ortiz Legg, John Peschong and Debbie Arnold; District Attorney Dan Dow; attorney Stew Jenkins; former state legislator Sam Blakeslee and COLAB.

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What? Adam Hill was the nicest, most ethical and honest guy on the planet… why would anyone want to murder him? I’m pretty sure he made 100 new friends every day. I think he had many local fan clubs as well. (have I put enough sarcasm in here to avoid flaming?)

Dee Torres: Memo to self – don’t write after wine consumption.

I miss dunking on this corrupt abomination of a public servant. And just when I forget about him, this fellow traveler down “dirtbag alley” pops up to remind us how everybody associated with Hill is a full throttle nightmare.

Could be true , dead people make lousy witnesses in court trials or investigations ..for the most part

Is $ involved?

Pure speculation, but is it possible Adam had a life insurance policy w/Dee as the beneficiary?

Would his death by suicide cancel a payout?

Again, just speculating…

Would it be easy to check if there Adam Hill had a life insurance policy that names Dee Torres-Hill as beneficiary but also has a suicide exemption clause. I wouldn’t put this past someone who stole gift cards meant for the homeless and would charge the homeless for an extra fork or knife or for a donated mini shampoo bottle.

What? Let’s start by having Dee Torres mental stability looked into. If she’s not under the care of a psychiatrist, she should be. I find it interesting that she called on Jimmy Paulding and not Adams’ good buddy Bruce Gibson. Why is this, Dee? Paulding without a doubt will eventually have his own issues and doesn’t need Dee to bring them on sooner. Where is your proof, Dee?

Could it have been friends of Helios Daysprings the hapless pot lord who wanted Adam to stay silent? What does the looney Heidi Harmon have to do with his demise. Maybe she wanted him to stay silent as well. What about John Shoals. Maybe you should look into Adams’ close circle of fellow corrupt politicians who were most likely on the take too. Maybe they had motives to your claim. Have you shared with the FBI Dee?

The truth is, Adam Hill brought on his own fate. His greed for power and control while being a weak and cowardly individual led to this. He was mean, vindictive, and self-serving. He purposely treated many people terribly. He was dishonest, deceitful, and lacked character and integrity, and he knew it. All of his action were a result of the inner failures he knew of himself. Very said to see an individual destroy themselves in a public way over the years.

I can remember years ago, when Dave Congalton would defend Adam and considered him a friend. I argued often with Dave during those years about what Adam really was. Agam proved me correct. Dee Torres, Adam took his life. Let him rest in the place he sent himself if possible.

I defended Adam Hill? Seriously? That’s news to me. Thanks for “educating me” about Adam Hill. How brave the Anonymous are!

Come on Dave! I remember calling in multiple times about him when he was at his worse in his attacks and intimidation of people, he took issue with. At that time, because my views on these things, and political standing, you questioned many times and denied what I was stating. I led many people over the years, and this guy came across as a bad apple from the start. The only thing that turned you was when he personally came after you and your show. He did the very same thing to Karen Velie and CCN as she continued to expose his corruption as a person and supervisor.

She’s diggin’ up bones

Yeah, diggin’ up bones

Exhuming things that are better left alone…

Such a great talent. Been a fan since I caught him in Nashville in 1979.

Whoa. The gift that keeps on giving

Like some sort of perpetual nightmare soap opera.

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