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69-year-old man kills his 93-year-old mother in west Houston, police say

HOUSTON – A man shot and killed his elderly mother Tuesday at a home in west Houston, according to police.

The homicide was reported about 2:20 p.m. at a home on Briar Forest Drive near Beltway 8.

Russell Miller, 69, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member with serious bodily injury in connection with the death of his mother, 93-year-old Dorothy Bassett.

Russell Miller is seen in this mug shot released by the Houston Police Department on Dec. 2, 2020. (HPD)

According to Houston police, Miller called 911 about 2:30 p.m. and reported that he had Bassett with a .38-caliber pistol. Officers arrived at the scene and found Bassett dead at the bottom of a staircase, police said. Miller peacefully surrendered to officers, police said.

“Just based on preliminary information, that the son and the mother have been feuding for the past, maybe, few days or few weeks, which led (to) today, with the suspect taking the life of his mother,” said Cmdr. David Angelo, of the Houston Police Department.

Miller is being held in jail on $200,000 bond.


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