ABILENE, Texas — The Taylor County District Attorney’s Office has agreed to a reduced bond for the Abilene father and son accused of killing their neighbor in a fight over a mattress.
Johnnie Dee Allen Miller, 68, and Michael Theodore Miller, 32, are in the Taylor County Jail on $250,000 bond.
They were charged with murder in the September 2018 shooting death of Aaron Howard.
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Box told KTXS she was told by the Taylor County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday that they will not oppose the bond being reduced to $100,000. The Millers would also be prohibited from having any contact with the victim’s family.
District Attorney Jim Hicks said they made the decision because they can’t prove the Millers are a flight risk.
“It’s not uncommon for bonds to be lowered in reduction hearings,” Hicks said. “Where the accused has been incarcerated for a lengthy period of time without the ability to make bond, a court is constitutionally mandated to consider a bond reduction. My office felt this resolution was in order.”
A justice of the peace initially set the Millers’ bond at $25,000.
After KTXS shared video of the shooting with the DA’s Office, Hicks filed a Motion of Insufficiency of Bond. Their bond was increased to $250,000 and the Millers were rearrested Sept. 21.
They have been in jail since.
Hick said the bond will be reduced once paperwork is submitted.