Texas man shot over argument about mattress in bin

Original story from The Star Telegram September 20, 2018

Kara Box fought back tears Thursday as she recalled the morning her common-law husband was shot to death in a dispute over a twin mattress in a dumpster.

“I stepped in between Aaron and John (Miller), then my ears started ringing from the gunshots,” Box said in a telephone interview from her home in Abilene as she sobbed. “I just screamed and screamed.”

Box talked about the fatal shooting just hours after releasing a video of the dispute between her husband, 37-year-old Aaron Howard, and his neighbors, John Miller, 67, and his son, Michael Miller, 31.

The 2-minute video captures the anger between the Millers and Howard on the morning of Sept. 1 in an Abilene neighborhood. Abilene is about 150 miles west of Fort Worth.

Box captured the tragic scene on her cellphone as she sought to gather evidence for Abilene police.

The Millers were arrested shortly after the shooting and they have been charged with murder. The two were released after posting $25,000 bail.

A man who answered the phone at the Miller home declined to comment about the case on Thursday.

Box released the video to let residents know exactly what happened that morning.

Box said they had moved to that Abilene home in April, but they had never talked to the Millers until the morning of Sept. 1. The Millers were next-door neighbors.

“We had thrown out a twin mattress in a dumpster in our alley a few days before the shooting,” Box said. “You have to have the mattress in the dumpster or they will not haul it away.”

On the morning of Sept. 1, Box and Howard were in the backyard when they saw the mattress was on their property. Howard tossed it back in the dumpster.

Box said that’s when John Miller came to the alley, pulled the mattress out of the dumpster and tossed it back on Howard’s property.

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