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Local Middlesboro woman charged with using the mail to threaten her own son-in-law

Updated: Jan 21

From WRIL -

Debbie Mills (Turner) - MPD

According to a citation, on Sunday January 8, 2023, Middlesboro Lt./Detective Barry Cowan determined through a lengthy investigation that a woman had been using the mail to send threatening letters to a male victim, her own son-in-law.


The victim had received the letters which were described as individually cut-out letters from a magazine placed together to form sentences of a threatening nature. Still another used cut-out pictures from Life and Unsolved Murders magazines to convey death threats to the son-in-law.


The investigation lead Lt. Cowan to the residence of Debbie Mills (Turner) who, while being questioned, attempted to hide the very magazines used to make the letters under a couch.


Mills reason for the threats has yet to be explained.


Mills was then processed at Middlesboro Headquarters and cited to court and is facing terroristic threatening - 3rd degree and tempering with physical evidence charges. She was cited to court after the victim agreed to the terms and is scheduled to be back in court on February 7, 2023 at 1:30pm.


The investigation is continuing and others are expected to be charged in the incidents.


*All those reported by WRIL as being charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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