It is an indictment three years in the making. Friday, a murder victim's family finally feels some kind of relief.
Friday, the Knox County Grand Jury handed down an indictment for Douglas Mabe who now faces charges related to the death of Bill Mills back in 2004.
A copy of the indictment the Knox County Grand Jury handed down charges that back in December 2004, Douglas Mabe shot Bill Mills to death and tampered with physical evidence from that crime. It's something Bill Mills' family has been waiting for.
"I was a big daddy's girl and a big part of me died when he died. I miss him so much," said Sherri Amonett.
Bill Mills was found shot to death in the parking lot of the West Knox Elementary School on Christmas Eve 2004. They waited for three long years with few clues before Douglas Mabe was arrested and now, indicted for the murder.
"We just praised God right there, this is the beginning of the end of our fight for justice," said Deanna Fuston.
"There was definitely a burden lifted this morning and it's the first step in justice for our dad," Amonett said.
Mabe was released on bond, but with the indictment, that bond was raised to $250,000 dollars and he was taken back into custody, something Mills' family says they're happy to see.
"That just gives us more hope that Knox County will do the right thing and bring this guy to justice," Amonett said.
Douglas Mabe is due back in Knox Circuit Court in April.