$1 million bond for man suspected of killing bar owner

Prosecutors say Taylor Mills shot Timothy Koker after he was kicked out of Koker's bar in Nelsonville.

Taylor Mills (22)

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — A man accused of killing the well-known owner of a Nelsonville bar appeared before an Athens County judge Wednesday.

According to Nelsonville police, it happened just before midnight at The Mine Tavern on Public Square.

Officers say the owner of the bar, 52-year-old Timothy Koker was found with an apparent gunshot wound. Officers performed CPR on Koker until medics arrived.

Koker was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

All morning, investigators have focused near the back of a building where the Mine Tavern sits.

Investigators learned that Koker was involved in a confrontation with 22-year-opld Taylor Allen Mills prior to the shooting. Officers surrounded his house after they say Mills refused to come out.

The Athens County S.R.T entered the home and took Mills into custody without injury, according to police.

Mills was booked into the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail shortly before 4 a.m. on a murder charge.

Mills was arraigned in Athens County Municipal Court Wednesday morning where bond was set at $1 million. Prosecutors argued he is a flight risk because he is originally from Georgia and still has ties to that area.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation along with Nelsonville Police, Buchtel Police, and the Hocking and Athens County Sheriff’s Office units are working together on this case.

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