DA's Office dismisses case against Hudson man accused of beating roommate with flashlight

DA's Office dismisses case against Hudson man accused of beating roommate with flashlight

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County District's Attorney's Office has dismissed the felony case against a Hudson man accused of using a metal flashlight to hit his housemate in the head several times back in April 2015.

Al Charanza, Jeffery Lynn Mills' defense attorney, said the Angelina County District Attorney's Office was unable to make contact with the witnesses who filed the charges. He added that the case was dismissed because the DA's Office has been trying to locate the witnesses for two months.

Mills was booked into the Angelina County jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault charge. He was released from the jail after he posted a bail amount of $10,000.

According to the arrest affidavit, the incident occurred at about 5 a.m. on Feb. 23. In the affidavit, an ACSO detective stated that he took over the investigation from a deputy, who had gone to CHI St. Luke's Memorial Hospital to talk to the alleged victim of the assault.

The victim told the deputy that Mills had hit him several times in the head with an unknown object, causing injuries that required eight staples, the affidavit stated. In addition, the victim told the deputy that Mills' pit bull bit him in the leg and that wound needed three stitches.

Later that day, the detective interviewed Mills, who claimed he had attacked the victim in self-defense, the affidavit stated. Mills allegedly told the deputy that the victim and another man had been about to assault him at their shared residence in the 100 block of Boardwalk Street.

According to the affidavit, Mills told the detective that he confronted the two men about some of his property that had been stolen, and they started acting aggressively toward him. Mills told the detective that he pulled his flashlight out of his pocket and began to hit the victim with it in an effort to get away. Then he allegedly fled the scene and tossed the flashlight into the woods near his house.

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