Violent details revealed in Harker Heights capital murder case

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A Killeen man is in the Bell County Jail on charges of Capital Murder and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Harker Heights-Belton Police SWAT team arrested Jeremiah Lane Mitchell Saturday on a warrant related to the murder of Skyler Mills of Harker Heights.

Jeremiah Lane Mitchell

Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson arraigned the 20-year-old Sunday. His bail is $1,000,000 for Capital Murder and $100,000 for Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon.

 Officers discovered Skyler Mills, 24, had been shot after getting a call about shots fired on July 31st, 2021.

A witness at the scene described seeing a man fleeing the scene after a verbal altercation with Mills.

Mills succumbed to her injuries, and Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson pronounced her deceased at 5:59 a.m. on scene.

An arrest affidavit obtained indicates the shooting was accompanied by a violent attack on the victim’s female roommate and that the victims were, in fact, married.

The affidavit stated that on July 31, officers with Harker Heights Police were sent to the location of the attack after multiple calls were received, reporting that a man was involved and that it sounded like someone was being beaten and that screaming was being heard.

On arrival, officers met with a female who had visible injury and who was distraught.

The victim said she had been in the residence getting ready to go out of town when she heard a pounding on the door like someone trying to get inside.

The affidavit stated that the next thing she knew, she heard her wife and roommate asking what someone was doing there, and that then she heard multiple gunshots.

At that point she dropped to the flor and a man entered the room where she was holding a gun and yelling at her to do what he said or he would shoot her, too.

She told officers the man dragged her by the hair to the bedroom and threw her on the floor next to her wife who had already been shot.

She said the man appeared to be looking for something and continually yelled at the victim to keep her head down or he would kill her, all the while pointing the gun at her.

After several minutes, the man left and the second victim locked the deadbolt on the door.

But the man came back and broke through the bolted door.

The man found the victim in the kitchen and once again pulled her by the hair back into the bedroom, kicking her several times in the head and body, still appearing to be looking for something.

The victim told him where the car keys were hoping he would leave.

The affidavit stated that he then fired additional shots into the already wounded victim and fled.

The affidavit stated that the victim was able to give a good description of the victim as were nearby witnesses who had seen the man outside.

Police were able to develop Mitchell as a a suspect, obtained a warrant and made their arrest.

Mitchell remained in the Bell County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of the $1.1 million bond.

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