UPDATED: After hearing testimony Friday from a deputy and a sheriff’s department detective, a Mercer County magistrate ruled there was probable cause in the case of a Virginia woman charged with murdering a Mercer County man whose decapitated body was found in his home on Easter Sunday.
Mills was first charged with second-degree murder, but this was later changed to first-degree murder. Addair testified that Mills had approached a man she knew, Joe Fleming, and asked him for cans of gasoline and to borrow his chainsaw, saying “she had to do this, she needed to do this.” He refused to loan her the items.
LERONA, WV- A West Virginia woman was arrested for beheading her boyfriend before telling cops, “You have to take me back and let me get my heads,” as they drove her away from the bloody scene, authorities said.
A judge in Mercer County said further assessment is needed to evaluate the mental competency of Roena Cheryl Mills, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Bo Allen White, WVNS reported.
Mills, according to court documents obtained by the station, was found covered in blood while wearing a glove on her left hand when deputies responded on April 1st to a home on Eden Valley Road in Lerona, WV.
Using a fake name, Mills, 41, told responding deputies she was cut and left bloodied after being thrown through a glass door. She then got combative with officers and was placed under arrest. Once inside a deputy’s cruiser, Mills reportedly said: “You have to take me back and let me get my heads.”
Later that day, cops were tipped off to the decapitated body of a man found on another block in town. A different, unidentified part of his body was also found where Mills was arrested, WVNS reports.
Per many sources connected to the investigation, we can confirm that the “part” of his body was his heart. Par The Course can also confirm Mills used multiple knives in the grisly murder.
The killing, according to the criminal complaint, was a “decapitation homicide,” Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler said.
“That’s how it appears,” Sitler told West Virginia MetroNews.
A court-ordered mental status evaluation will determine if Mills can face trial in White’s brutal death. The case will then be presented to a grand jury in June. If 12 of 16 grand jurors find probable cause in the alleged killing, Mills will be either be indicted on a first- or second-degree murder charge, according to the prosecutor.
“Even though she’s only been initially charged with second-degree murder because there was some initial doubt about premeditation, [the] grand jury could certainly indict her for first-degree murder,” Sitler told the station.
Mills, of Rural Retreat, Virginia, remains in custody at the Southern Regional Jail in Raleigh on $210,000 cash-only bail as of Monday, jail records show.
While in custody at the jail, Mills — who was dating White, according to his father – had been talking about killing someone, employees told WVNS.
Deputies were called to the second home after its owners saw someone suspicious in their driveway, WVNews reports. A glove matching one that Mills was wearing at the time was found earlier at White’s home, according to the station.