In August, Phillip Lawrence Mills, 30, was arrested for domestic violence strangulation against his girlfriend in the trailer they share in Twin Oaks Mobile Home. The case was no billed by a Talladega County grand jury, however.
Grand jury proceedings are not open to the public. While Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens said he could not comment on the specifics of Mills’ case, he did say that it was not uncommon for domestic violence cases to be no billed when the victim decides not to go forward.
“That’s what makes prosecuting domestic violence cases so difficult,” Giddens said. “In situations where there is still an ongoing relationship, it makes it difficult for both police and prosecutors. I can’t comment specifically on this case, but sometimes victims simply do not wish to prosecute in cases like these for various reasons. That doesn’t always mean that they weren’t always abused.”
In issuing the no bill, the grand jury determined that there was not enough evidence to support an indictment, which would have sent the case to a jury.
Mills has retained counsel and is considering civil litigation.
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