A Mercer County judge denied a bond reduction request last week for a Rural Retreat woman accused of beheading a West Virginia man.

Roena Cheryl Mills, 42, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge last June in the Easter 2018 slaying of 29-year-old Bo White. Since her arrest, Mills has been held on a $200,000 cash-only bond and has undergone two psychological evaluations.

Assistant prosecuting attorney David Pfeifer said he argued during the hearing that the crime was too heinous to allow Mills a reduced bond.

“She was found covered in blood very close to her ex’s severed head and that, we just felt that that wasn’t an appropriate case to give any kind of bond, let alone a reduced bond,” Pfeifer said.

According to West Virginia media reports, Mills was initially arrested after a Mercer County deputy responded to a call about an unwanted person at a home. Reports show that Deputy J.A. Conner testified that he found Mills covered in blood with a leather glove on her left hand and a knife in her pocket. Conner said Mills’ eyes were glazed and she was talking to an unseen person she called “Daddy.”

Mills underwent a psychological evaluation last year and was deemed competent to stand trial. Given her state when she was arrested, the prosecution and the defense agreed a second evaluation was needed, Pfeifer said. The second evaluation was completed in May and again determined that Mills is competent to stand trial.

Pfeifer said Mills seems much more coherent and composed in court compared to her previous state.

“It’s almost like she’s a different person,” he said.

Mills’ case is set to go to trial on Sept. 24 in Mercer County Circuit Court.

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