A Camden man was recently indicted for allegedly murdering his wife and setting her house on fire in an attempt to hide the crime.
During its September session, the Carroll County Grand Jury indicted Jason Mark Mills, 33, on charges of first degree murder, aggravated arson, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence in the death of his estranged wife, Ryan Bennett Mills, 29, and the burning of her home at 151 South Spruce Street in Bruceton back in February.
Ryan Mills was found dead by Bruceton firefighters in the early morning hours of Feb. 8 after they responded to a fire that destroyed her house. Her two children were not at home at the time as they were staying with grandparents.
Jason Mills was arrested by agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) later that day.
At Mills’ preliminary hearing back in July, TBI special agent Ronnie Faulkner testified that during a recorded interview at the Bruceton Fire Department, Mills confessed to choking his wife following a late-night argument at her home and then lighting a fire in a garbage can in the kitchen.
Another expert witness testified that Mills’ cellphone records showed that his cellphone was present at his wife’s residence at 11:18 p.m. on Feb. 7.
Mills is being represented by public defender Billy Roe.
No further date had been set in Mills’ case as of press time Monday.
For other indictments handed down by the Grand Jury, see page 9A of this edition.