South Texan convicted in 2003 fire death of wife

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Associated Press

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

GOLIAD, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison over a 2003 house fire that left his wife dead.

A judge in Goliad on Thursday sentenced 45-year-old Delbert Mills after convicting him of murder in the death of 32-year-old Patricia Mills.

Her relatives wanted the June 2003 case reopened. Mills was charged in 2011.

The Victoria Advocate (http://bit.ly/UVbpMP ) reports prosecutor Michael Sheppard says Mills had an affair and sought to avoid paying for a divorce or child support for his son. Sheppard also says Mills in recent years talked to many different people about being able to start a fire and not get caught.

The defense said there's no evidence proving Mills started the fire and the source of the blaze was never determined.

Mills did not testify.

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Information from: The Victoria Advocate, http://www.victoriaadvocate.com

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