Roena Cheryl Mills showed no emotion as she was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday in Mercer County, West Virginia
Mills, a former stripper from rural retreat, Virginia, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after the jury reached a verdict in less than two hours
The 43-year-old, decapitated her boyfriend’s Star Wars-obsessed disabled son after having sex with him in return for drugs on April 1, 2018 at the victim’s home in West Virginia
Prosecutors say she bludgeoned murdered Bo White to death and decapitated 29-year-old Bo White, 29
White’s body was found in his Lerona, WVa, home on Easter of 2018, while his severed head was found in a wooded area nearby a short time later
Prosecution said Mills knew Bo White who was living off disability pension and was prescribed medication, ‘had a pocket full of pills and a pocket full of cash’
Mills was introduced to Bo White by his father, James White, a truck driver with whom she had a years long sexual relationship
Authorities say Mills traded sexual favors with Bo White in exchange for drugs and money – The pair had exchanged texts and her vehicle was seen in his drive way the day White was killed
43-year-old stripper Roena Cheryl Mills, seen [left in her mug shot and right, in court], faces life imprisonment after she her conviction in Mercer, West Virginia, Thursday for decapitating her lover’s son with whom she was having sex in exchange for prescription drugs and money in April 2018
Roena Cheryl Mills, 43, of Rural Retreat, Virginia, was charged with first-degree homicide in the death of 29-year-old Bo White.
White was found dead in Lerona, West Virginia,home on April 1, 2018.
His body was found in his home while his head was located later in a wooded area.
The Mercer County, West Virginia, jury deliberated for almost two hours before it reached a verdict on Thursday, The Register-Herald reported.
When the verdict was announced, members of White’s family openly wept.
Mills was quiet and calm when the verdict was read.
Showing no remorse, exotic dancer Roena Cheryl Mills, [photo], accused of decapitating a sex partner on Easter 2018, remained calm as she was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder without a recommendation of mercy. She faces life in prison without the possibility of parole
Roena Cheryl Mills [left], of Rural Retreat, Virginia, was charged with first-degree homicide in the death of Bo White [right], on Easter Sunday in 2018. Mills reportedly stabbed White 18 times, punctured his heart, and cut of his head.
A jury could recommend a convict for mercy, which would make that person eligible for parole after serving 15 years in prison, however the jury did not make the recommendation for Mills.
Local station, WVNS-TV, reports that the prosecuting attorney, George Sitler, told the jury in his closing argument that Mills was a drug addict who took advantage of Bo White, who the prosecutor described as ‘an awkward, sickly shut-in who didn’t have a real life.’
It has not been established why Mills frequently visited White, though Sitler speculated that she traded sexual favors in exchange for medication that he was prescribed.
‘His father had introduced him to a manipulative woman,’ Sitler told jurors on Thursday.
The jury deliberated for almost two hours before it reached a verdict on Thursday. Jurors convicted Roena Mills [photo], of first-degree homicide which probably will end in a sentence of life without possibility of parole
‘She knew Bo had a pocket full of pills and a pocket full of cash.’
Bo White lived off a disability allowance and loved playing with Star Wars figures, according to authorities.
Mills was introduced to Bo White by his father, James, a truck driver who had a years long sexual relationship with her while she worked as an exotic dancer at the Southern X-Posure club.
On Bo White’s last night alive, Mills texted him and arranged a meet-up.
‘I’m trying to get my things. Give me a few minutes,’ she texted him late on March 31, 2018.
After their amorous encounter Mills reportedly, stabbed White 18 times, punctured his heart, and cut of his head.
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A witness, Jo Fleming, testified that Mills asked to borrow gasoline and a chainsaw from him, but he refused.
That meant Mills needed to use ‘cheap kitchen knives’ to cut up Bo White and sever his head from his body, according to Sitler, who compared it cutting up a chicken.
After the grisly murder, Mills went through Bo White’s pockets to get pills and cash.
Prosecutors say she then sent a text message to a friend that read: ‘Let’s party.’
Mills’ defense lawyer claimed that it was James White, Bo’s father, who killed him.
According to the defense’s theory, James White grew jealous when Mills began to get close to his son.
‘Our theory is that Jimmy White was jealous of her relationship with Bo… and Jimmy White is a terrible person,’ Mills’ lawyer, Sid Bell, said.
Roena Cheryl Mills [mugshot photo], alleged dismembered Bo White like ‘a chicken’ with a kitchen knife, after she bludgeoned him to death on April 1, 2018
The autopsy report showed that Bo White had died in a violent attack which included blows and stab wounds which required “a lot of strength” to inflict.
Sid Bell, Mills’ lawyer, claimed his client couldn’t be the killer because she was a drug addict and that the blows and stab wounds found on Bo White could only have been dealt by someone with ‘a lot of strength.’
Bell suggested that James White killed his son in a jealous rage after he found Mills and his son together.
‘As an old prosecutor, we call that a crime of passion,’ he said.
‘Someone with a lot of strength and a lot of rage had to kill this man.’
But the jury also heard evidence that incriminated Mills, including blood and injuries which was found on her body when she was arrested.
Mills’ car was also in Bo White’s driveway on the day his body was found, but she was agitated and had blood and injuries on her when she was found, Bell stated.
Defense counsel Bell said the defense would be making a motion to set aside the verdict.