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May 25, 2011 at 1:05 PM

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16-year-old charged with murder in Auburn teen's slaying

Posted by John de Leon

A 16-year-old boy accused of gunning down another teen at a birthday barbecue Sunday in Auburn was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder. James Anthony Mills has been charged as an adult. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Mills was arrested Monday night when he tried to slip into his mother's Kent home disguised as a girl, according to Auburn police. He had cut his dreadlocks and donned a wig, dress, purse, sunglasses and ladies shoes, police said.

Mills is accused of killing Adrian Wilson, 16, during a birthday barbecue in the courtyard at the Aspen Meadows Apartments around 5 p.m. Sunday.
Mills told police that he fired two shots at Wilson after he called him names, according to court charges.

According to Auburn police, Mills said: "I'm not going to run away from my problems. I'm not gettin' punked, not gonna intimidate me."

Mills said he was carrying a gun that day to protect himself from Wilson's father, Gabriel Wilson. Mills said that the elder Wilson had been bothering the mother of Mills' girlfriend, charging documents said.

Two other men were wounded by gunfire. Police have not said who shot the men.

Mills was charged in September 2009 with second-degree assault and third-degree assault, a charge later amended to second-degree robbery, according to King County Juvenile Court records. He pleaded guilty to the two charges and in March 2010 was sentenced to 15 to 36 weeks in a juvenile jail, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors also charged Gabriel Wilson, 45, with first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm for allegedly firing shots during the melee. He is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.

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