Mills arrested for murder of disabled Jefferson Co. man

NEW MARKET, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Authorities have captured the woman wanted in connection with the death of a disabled man in Jefferson Co. on Monday. Elizabeth Ann Mills was arrested following a traffic stop in New Market shortly before 11:00 p.m. Thursday night.

According to Sheriff G.W. "Bud" McCoig, they learned Mills in Strawberry Plains and was traveling with another man and woman. Around 10:45, an officer spotted their gray Chrysler on Highway 11E and pulled them over.

Mills was charged with First Degree Murder, while the two people with her, Melanie Spears and Earl Jones III, were charged with Accessory After the Fact Murder.

Officials believe Mills killed William Buchanan in his home on Chucky pike. He was found in his living room by his son Scott and his friend Kaiser went they stopped by to check on him.

"We walked inside and he was laying in there dead," Kaiser said.

Authorities suspect that drugs motivated the killing and noted Mills had previously been arrested on drug charges.

McCoig said Monday's call wasn't the first time they've been called out to the home.

"This past year, we have worked a home invasion at the same location," McCoig said.

Deputies arrested three people in connection to the home invasion, one of them a juvenile, and said the motivation for that break in was pills.

"He was on some medication and had health issues and the medication that he was on, unfortunately, is what a lot of people are addicted to in this county right now," McCoig said.

McCoig said there is no connection between the robbery and the murder at this time. But whoever killed him could have been looking for the same thing.

Buchanan's family will have a memorial service at Fielden Funeral Home on Churchview Street in New Market, TN from 5-7 pm on Saturday.

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