Mercer shooting suspect nabbed

November 05, 2004

HARRODSBURG - A man sought by Mercer County Crime Stoppers on an attempted murder charge has been arrested.

Denver Mills is being held in the Boyle County Detention Center on a $200,000 cash bond.

Mills, 54, of 4547 Cornishville Road, was arrested after a tip to law enforcement through Crime Stoppers, and Harrodsburg police Sgt. Keith Smith said today that the tipster will receive a reward.

Mills was arrested without incident on Hycliff Street in front of Brentwood subdivision. He is accused of trying to kill Merril Asher of Lexington on Oct. 23.

Asher said he was sweeping out the garage of a house belonging to Carmella Mills on Bohon Road and Denver Mills was waiting around the corner armed with a crossbow, a pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun, according to Mercer County Deputy Sheriff Chris Kehrt.


"He said he was going to kill me," Asher said in his statement to police.

Asher said he ran back into the house and closed the door as Mills fired 12 rounds at him through the door. "One shot struck me in the back and several in the back of the head," Asher reported to police.

"I ran to the bedroom and prayed he would leave. Through the front door, I could see him running through the field to his tan Blazer and drive away."

In addition to the attempted murder charge, Mills is charged with violation of a domestic violence order and an Anderson County warrant for failure to appear on charges of two counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

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