Attorney of father, son accused of shooting neighbor over mattress trying to block video


    (Courtesy: Kara Box)

    There are new developments in the murder case involving an Abilene man and his son who are accused of shooting their neighbor over a mattress.

    KTXS obtained a video in September that showed Michael Theodore Miller and Johnnie Dee Allen Miller shoot their neighbor Aaron Howard in an alley. The video quickly went viral.

    The standoff began with an argument over trash in the Millers' alley, located in the 4300 block of Don Juan Street in south Abilene.

    The Millers were both armed, one with a shotgun and the other with a handgun. Aaron Howard had a baseball bat.

    After exchanging heated words, the father and son both shot Howard.

    According to court documents, Howard was seven feet away with his bat raised. His wife, Kara Box, videotaped the fatal argument on her cellphone.

    Aaron Howard was shot in the head, chest, and right forearm.

    New court documents reveal that the Millers' attorney is now trying to block the graphic video from being shown in court and being used as evidence against them.

    The motion to suppress states that the video, "shows the conduct of John and Michael Miller, but failed to videotape the physical contact and physical threats of Aaron Howard, resulting in a misleading version of events."

    The Millers' attorney filed a second motion relating to self defense.

    The Millers are maintaining that their decision to shoot Howard was in self defense.

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