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Affidavit: Man shot and killed victim during home invasion robbery

Jeremiah Lane Mitchell, 20, of Killeen, Texas is charged with capital murder for the killing of...
Jeremiah Lane Mitchell, 20, of Killeen, Texas is charged with capital murder for the killing of Skyler Mills in July 2021.(Bell County Jail)
Published: Sep. 12, 2021 at 7:34 PM CDT
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HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) - An affidavit obtained by News 10 reveals Jeremiah Lane Mitchell, 20, of Killeen, the suspect in the killing of Skyler Mills, 24, of Harker Heights, broke into the victim’s home and shot the victim multiple times during an apparent robbery witnessed by the victim’s wife.

Authorities arrested Mitchell on Saturday, September 11, 2021. The suspect was arraigned Sunday by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

On July 31, 2021, police officers found the body of Mills in the 400 block of Brittney Way after responding to a domestic disturbance call. A caller told police it sounded like someone was “getting beat” and “thrown around” during a loud altercation.

The affidavit states police officers arriving at the scene met with a woman, only identified as Mills’ wife and roommate, who told them a man broke into their home and shot Mills several times.

The woman said she was in a different room when she heard someone banging loudly at the door. The woman said she then heard her wife arguing with a man and then the sound of gunshots.

The man then walked into the room where the wife was hiding, pointed the gun at her, and ordered her to do he as he said or else he would shoot her.

The man grabbed the woman by the hair and pulled her into a bedroom, where the wife noticed Mills was suffering from a gunshot wound.

While in the room, the man “appeared to be looking for something” and continued to point the gun at the women.

According to the affidavit, the man walked out of the home momentarily and Mills’ wife ran to the door to lock the deadbolt.

A couple of minutes later, the man broke through the door, located the wife in the kitchen and once again proceeded to drag her by the hair into the bedroom with the wounded Mills.

Once in the bedroom, the man struck the wife with his gun and kicked her multiple times, the affidavit states.

The man, who appeared to still be looking for something, then fired several additional rounds at Mills, the affidavit states.

Before fleeing, the document further states that, the man ransacked the bedroom, stole Mills’ purse, and the cell phones and identification cards of both victims.

Mills’ wife and other people who witnessed the suspect leaving the scene were able to provide a good description to police.

The affidavit states several witnesses came forward after the shooting and identified Mitchell as the man who shot and killed Mills.

Mitchell remains jailed at the Bell County Jail on a $1.1-million bond.

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