Man Faces Judge For The First Time

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

A man arrested recently in a three year old cold case was in court Thursday.

Douglas Mabe faced a judge for the first time.

He's accused of shooting Bill Mills in 2004 on Christmas Eve in Knox County.

It was something Bill Mills' family has been anticipating three years now, to see their father's accused murderer in court.

There were a lot of tears and hugs as the family gathered at the Knox County courthouse Thursday for Douglas Mabe's court appearance.

Mabe's attorney waived his right to a preliminary hearing so a grand jury will now consider the case.

Bill Mills was found shot to death several times on Christmas Eve 2004.

His daughters say it was hard to come face to face with the man accused of killing their father.

Douglas Mabe remains out of jail on bond.

He was arrested on December 23rd three years to the day that police say bill mills was shot to death.

Neither Mabe or his attorney would talk to WYMT about the case as they were leaving the Knox County Courthouse Thursday.

It will likely be February at the earliest until the grand jury will come back with a decision on whether to indict Douglas Mabe.

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  • by sammi Location: corbin on Jan 17, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    God bless you Mills family!! My heart aches for you. You are in my prayers. Justice Will Prevail! Vengance is mine saith the Lord!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Jeff & Charlene Masters Location: Corbin,KY on Jan 4, 2008 at 08:34 PM
    I would just like to say that I am glad that justice is finally being served after 3 long years, we have been waiting on this day forever...Thank you to everyone out there who has been there for our support and please keep praying for this fanily....
  • by Tracey Location: Whitley Co. on Jan 4, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    A big thanks to Jeff Allen for caring enough to take the time to research and ask the right questions for the great stories he's done on this case! We hope he continues to follow it through the end!!
  • by DeAnna Location: Corbin on Jan 3, 2008 at 09:00 PM
    Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us for the last three years.Especially those who have sacraficed a little more than others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • by Mary Location: Whitley Co. on Jan 3, 2008 at 07:09 PM
    God bless the Mills family, especially his children and mother. I know his mother prayed every day for justice to be done, and she will be able to better enjoy the remainder of her days on earth, knowing that her son's killer has been arrested. Good work, law enforcement! This just goes to show that "cold cases" can be solved with effort.


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