Mills trial date set
by Christina Rowland
Jul 12, 2012 | 2256 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Delbert Mills
Delbert Mills
GOLIAD – Despite the request for a change of venue, Delbert Andrew Mills will be tried for capital murder and arson in Goliad County in October.

Mills was arrested and charged November 2011 for the capital murder of his former wife, Patricia Leigh Mills, after the case had sat dormant for eight years.

His attorney requested a change of venue for the trial, citing several reasons for the request including media coverage and community prejudice.

Mike Thompson, Goliad County constable, Precinct No. 2, who helped with the investigation of the case when it was reopened, said he thinks Mills will receive a fair trial in Goliad County.

The case was reopened in 2010 after Patricia’s sister, Sharon Burdette, approached the current sheriff, Kirby Brumby, and asked that it be looked at again.

“The sister was never satisfied with how it was handled the first time,” Thompson said. “The state fire marshal ruled it undetermined and it fell through the cracks.”

When asked why the case was reopened, Thompson said, “mainly because it had never been looked at closely the first time.”

Thompson, along with Texas Ranger Tod Reed, spent more than a year investigating the case when it was reopened.

Additional charges such as attempted murder of the couple’s son who was home but escaped the fire in 2003 could still be added if there is evidence to support that.

“It is always open,” Thompson said.
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