Texas father and son have killed neighbors on a mattress in trash bin: video released

John Miller, left, and his son, Michael Miller, right, were accused of murder after their neighbor, Aaron Howard, was fatally shot on Sept. 1.

(Abilene Police)

Two men were arrested in Texas after they allegedly shot and killed a man over a dispute over garbage in an alley and a newly released video shows the deadly encounter.

John Miller, 67, and his son, the 31-year-old Michael Miller were arrested after Aaron Howard, 37, was fatally shot on Sept. 1, of the Abilene Police Department announced.

The neighbors had been arguing about the mess in the alley days before the fatal shooting, police said. The day of Howard’s death, John Miller, had to throw in the garbage out before the situation escalated.


The police said the elder Miller had a gun, and the younger Miller was in his house with a gun. “Someone who allegedly went to the inside of the deceased’s domicile to a baseball bat,” but eventually Howard was killed.

Howard’s fiancée, Kara Box, filmed in the heated encounter and brought it to the local news media, because, as she told KTXS-TV, “People deserve to know what actually happened, and you know that they deserve to know John and Michael Miller are murderers.”


The video shows both sides to the hard, with the Millers, armed, and with Howard at one point cries out: “You pulled a gun in front of my children on a f—— mattress.”

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Box told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram that John Miller took a mattress Howard placed in a dumpster in the nearby alley out of the trash can, and threw it on Howard’s property. Following that, Box said, John Miller pulled “a gun from his pants.”

“Aaron goes into papa bear mode,” said Box. “A man has just pulled a gun on his wife, his brother, his nephews and nieces.”

Both sides seem to throw threats and vulgar language to each other, while both of the Millers are seen armed with firearms.

“You are going to not shoot my man,’ is heard to say, while Howard calls out: “Shoot me!”

At least four gunshots are then heard on the video, while Michael Miller is included aimed shotgun.

Both John and Michael Miller were arrested and accused of murder and manslaughter, police said. They were reportedly released after posting $25,000 bail.

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