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Deputy J.A. Conner with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department testified that he found Mills when he answered a call the morning of April 1 about an unwanted person on a resident’s property. She was covered with blood, had a leather glove on her left hand, and a pocket knife clipped to the right-hand pocket of her pants. Conner said she “appeared to be very inebriated”. Conner then testified that Mills, who had a cut on her hand, told him that she had been attacked and thrown through a glass door. She would not name her attacker, and said she was homeless. Mills also gave a false name, but there were no records under that name.

Conner said Mills’s eyes were “heavily glazed” and she kept talking to an unseen person that she called “Daddy.” The Princeton Rescue Squad was contacted about treating any of her injuries, but she refused treatment. She became combative when told that she had to leave, stating that she wanted to “finish what she had started.”

Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler, who represented the state along with Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anthony H. Heltzel, asked Conner if Mills appeared to be “oriented” and could answer questions about the date and who was president. Conner said Mills replied “Easter” and “Trump.”

When the Princeton Rescue Squad arrived, Mills said things such as “C’mon, let’s take the ambulance. We could have some fun,” before she resisted being placed in the cruiser, Conner testified. Mills also said it took eight people to put her into a cruiser the last time she was arrested, but there was no record of this; and she protested when her pocketknife was confiscated.

Mills kept talking while being driven to the department, kicking the cruiser’s partition between the back and front seats and screaming at times, saying she needed “to finish what she started” and to “get her stuff.” At one point, she said “he” could get Conner a car and pay him a large sum of money. Conner said he presumed that “he” was the “Daddy” that Mills kept talking to.

Attorney Joe Harvey, who is representing Mills with attorney John Byrd, asked Conner if he had any training in mental health. Conner replied that he did not. When asked if he could tell the difference between a mental health problem or inebriation, Conner stated that he could not.

When Harvey inquired how long it took Conner to respond after receiving that call about an unwanted person, Conner estimated that he was on scene within 20 to 25 minutes. Harvey then said that during this time, Mills was standing in a driveway, talking to a person called “Daddy” who wasn’t there.

Harvey later asked Detective L.L. Addair of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department if a cause of death had been determined. Addair replied that the State Medical Examiner had told him that it would take six months to know the answer to that question; however, lacerations to the head were consistent with a wrench found at the scene.

Mills was first charged with second-degree murder, but this was later changed to first-degree murder. Addair testified that Mills had approached a man she knew, Joe Fleming, and asked him for cans of gasoline and to borrow his chainsaw, saying “she had to do this, she needed to do this.”

Addair later said that Mills visited Fleming twice. On the first visit, she wanted to use his chainsaw and vehicle, and later returned and asked about gasoline. The case was still under investigation Friday, and the sequence of events – whether Mills asked about a chainsaw and gas occurred before or after White’s death – was still being determined.

White’s body was found in the bedroom, Addair said. Due to the blood splatter on its walls, four knives found in the house and one in a vehicle parked outside, it was determined that he was decapitated in the bedroom. One of the knives was found on a desk and other on a TV stand, and one under the victim’s body. A glove matching the one Mills was wearing when Conner found her was discovered in the house.

White’s body had multiple stab wounds and a large laceration to the chest, Addair said. The vehicle, registered to Mill’s mother, which was parked outside White’s home, had blood and hair on the hood, and blood in the passenger area. It was “almost out of gas.” When Harvey asked Addair about whether Mills had a rational reason to walk through the woods from White’s home to where she was found, Addair again referred to the vehicle being almost out of fuel.