Who is Phillip Mills? Texas man burns down home killing brother as family didn't follow Bible
WEST EL PASO, TEXAS: A Texas man has been arrested for setting his family’s home on fire, killing his brother and injuring his mother on Friday, July 23, because the family didn’t follow the Bible. Phillip Daniel Mills, 40, was arrested on Friday, July 23, after deliberately setting the fire about 11:30 pm on July 22 at the El Paso home.
Mill's brother, Paul Aaron Mills, 54, suffered severe burns when he was pulled out from the fire. The affidavit states he was found in the living room and was transported to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Mill's mother, Florence Annette Mills, 82, walked out of the Fandango Place residence but was hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation. Mills was caught after fleeing the scene and telling a cop his house was on fire. During interrogation with investigators, Mills admitted to setting the family home on fire. Mills has since been charged with capital murder and arson. Bond was set at $2.5 million.
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We have reported many similar cases in the past, where a person killed/injured their own family members. A few months back, we reported the case of Florida native, Don Spirit, who took eight lives including his own. Last year, we reported two brutal cases, in one case an Alabama father and son shot each other dead after the son killed family dogs for biting his girlfriend's daughter. In another incident, a Florida man, Anthony Todt, drugged his family with Benadryl and killed them while they were still conscious but unable to move.
Mills allegedly told detectives that he set fire to the couch and was seeking to purge the home of biblical "evil." "Once the sofa caught on fire, he walked outside the house and waited to see if his mother or brother would go outside but they didn’t," the affidavit obtained by KTSM read. "The defendant advised that he waited outside the residence with large rocks in his hands in the event that both his brother and mother had made it out the burning residence." As per the affidavit, Mills waited for both his mother and brother to go to bed, before lighting the fire. Mills later told police that he was agitated his mother and brother did not follow the Bible. The affidavit states officers told Mills his brother had died and his mother was injured in the fire during an interview. “The defendant then laughed and advised the investigators that he was shocked that both his mother and brother did not perish and called it a ‘failed attempt.”
Neighbor, Roger Torres said that Mills was always "troublesome" and was acting erratic earlier on the day of the fire. Torres said, "He was bad news, all he would do was sit out there and drink and smoke and I noticed he was back to his old routine." Torres added that Mills’s family had called the police on him before because of his behavior, adding, "They called the police department on him cause he stripped naked and he was drinking."