New trial begins in 2014 Mills murder case

A jury trial began Monday for two men charged in the murder of Donald Mills, who died from gunshot wounds after being gunned down in his home on May 9, 2014.

After a mistrial was declared in the case in July 2017, Patrick Baker and Elijah Messer now must listen to testimony from witnesses while the 13-person jury decide their fates. The 13 jurors were selected from a pool of 30 potential jurors on Monday.

Prosecutors allege that Baker, Messer and others, including Angela Mills and Christopher Wagner, broke into Donald Mills’ home posing as U.S. Marshals and demanded drugs and cash. Mills was allegedly shot during the break-in. Both Angela Mills and Christopher Wagner plead guilty in the case. Wagner made his plea deal in exchange for testimony in the case.

As of press time Wednesday, jurors were still hearing testimony from witnesses in the case. For more information as the trial progresses, watch mountainadvocate.com for updates.