Victim’s family will meet with deputies today

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 4, 2001

JONESVILLE – Family members of a Jonesville shooting victim are scheduled to meet with sheriff’s deputies today to try to find answers to their questions about the incident.

Kristy Dynell Mills, 28, died at Riverland Medical Center Friday afternoon after being shot once in the stomach with a pistol that morning.

Her boyfriend, 25-year-old Russell Lippman of Jonesville, was charged with negligent homicide and was still being held at the Catahoula Parish Jail on $150,000 bond Tuesday.

&uot;We (family members) don’t know much at this point,&uot;&160;said Mills’ sister Kimberly Mills Boyette of Wildsville.

Boyette described Mills and Lippman as having &uot;a rocky relationship&uot; but would not go into specifics, except to say that the couple lived together and were the parents of a 2-month-old child, Mills’ third child.

Chief Deputy Ricky White said that as of Tuesday, Lippman is still being charged with negligent homicide. White said a negligent act is one that does not involve criminal intent.

&uot;Right now all we know is she was shot and that he shot her,&uot; he said. No other witnesses were present, he said.

White has refused to comment on whether the weapon, a 9-mm pistol, belonged to Lippman. Lippman told investigators he and Mills were not arguing at the time of the shooting.

Deputies were called to the couple’s residence on Taunton Road in the Sandy Lake community just after 3 a.m. Friday.

White said investigators believe Lippman told a friend about the shooting, who then called the police.

Results of an autopsy have been sent to Catahoula Parish Coroner Raymond Rouse, who will review them by the middle of this week, but that review had not been conducted as of Tuesday, White said. Rouse could not be reached for comment.