Midlands woman questions son's imprisonment

John Mills was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 13-year-old E.T. Whitaker.

HOPKINS (WACH) - George Ann Mills says her nightmare began in March 2005. The Hopkins woman says her son John was visiting Greenville one weekend when he gave a man named Reggie Henderson a ride, and that's when the trouble started.

"Somehow Reggie Henderson must have been trying to sell these Whitakers some drugs, some bad drugs or something," said Mills "Him and Thomas Whitaker got to scuffling, and my son heard some gunshots."

Those shots killed 13-year-old E.T. Whitaker, according to police. John Mills was arrested and charged with the boy's murder.

The medical examiner's report shows the teen was shot in the left arm while he was sitting in the passenger seat. Mills didn't buy it so she hired two private investigators she says they concluded her son couldn't have shot the teen based on where witnesses say he was sitting.

"The forensics people, and the autopsy, the knew that bullet came from the left side, the driver's side."

Mills investigators also interviewed the ER doctor who worked on Whitaker. She has pages of documents from the investigation, one of them includes details from that interview in which the doctor said he didn't remember removing a bullet from the victim.

"He said if he had removed a bullet, there would have been a change of custody."

WACH Fox News contacted the 13th Circuit Solicitor's office to ask them about the murder case.

Howard Steinberg handled the trial, but his office is not commenting on the specifics of the case because it's pending before the South Carolina Supreme Court.

In an email Steinberg writes "Ms. George Ann Mills has raised numerous falsehoods over the years and badgered witnesses to change their stories."

Mills says there's no truth to that claim; her son John was sentenced to life in prison and an appeal was dismissed.

But George Ann mills says her quest for justice isn't over.

"If it takes me forever and a day. If I have to go to the White House and sleep on the White House steps, somebody is going to hear my cry."A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court tells WACH Fox that once the Mills case gets in front of the high court; the justices will determine if John Mills had proper counsel during his appeals process.

It could be months before that case is even on the docket.