A Texas father and son are facing murder charges after allegedly shooting their neighbor to death during an argument over trash.
The video below, obtained by KXTS, shows John Miller, 61, and Michael Miller, 31, in a dispute with Aaron Howard, 37, on September 1. The argument reportedly began in an alleyway near their homes and quickly turned deadly.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that detectives believe John was wielding a handgun when he went to take his trash out Saturday morning. As the argument escalated, Michael allegedly went inside their home and retrieved a shotgun. Police said someone went inside Howard’s home and got a baseball bat.
Howard’s fianceé, Kara Box, recently provided the cellphone video she shot to KXTS. The footage appears to be consistent with police’s account.
“People deserve to know what actually happened and you know they deserve to know John and Michael Miller are murderers,” she said.
According to the video, Howard told the Millers that he was taking his trash to the dumpster. He then accused them of pulling their guns out near his children on a separate instance.
The men are heard threatening one another throughout the ordeal. The Millers—with their guns in plain view—told Howard they’ll shoot him if he came closer. Howard is heard mentioning something about getting a BB gun.
The Millers mentioned that they’re defending their homes, to which Box informed them that they’re in an alley and not on their property.
“If you come within three foot of me I’m gonna shoot you,” the father says.
“You’re not gonna shoot my husband,” Box says while facing him.
Howard is overheard saying, “shoot me” before someone off camera says, “you’re dead, point it.” The men are seen opening fire as the video abruptly ends.
Police believe that at least five shots were fired. Officers who responded to the scene found Howard with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Star-Telegram.
“You can see that I stepped in between them and I said, ‘you’re not going to shoot my husband’ then he fired passed my head,” Box explained to KTXS.
The news station also reached out to Taylor County District Attorney Jim Hicks, who claimed he hasn’t seen Box’s video and requested a copy.
Despite facing murder charges, the news station reported that the Millers are out on $25,000 bail each.
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The murder of an Abilene man was caught on camera. Aaron Howard was shot and killed in the alley behind his home. His two neighbors have been charged with the murder. (Video Credit: Kara Box via KTXS) https://t.co/fhkpvKzKHz pic.twitter.com/0vwVbmcWfe
— CBS 4 News (@kgbt) September 20, 2018
[Featured Image: KTXS video screengrab]