Rowena Cheryl Mills

Roena Cheryl Mills, 42, of Rural Retreat, Va., appeared before Judge Mark Wills at Thursday’s hearing requesting a reduction in her $200,000 cash-only bond.

PRINCETON — A woman charged with killing and decapitating a man was denied a reduction in bond during a hearing Thursday afternoon in Mercer County Circuit Court.

Roena Cheryl Mills, 42, of Rural Retreat, Va., is charged with first-degree murder for the 2018 Easter Sunday homicide of Bo White, 29, at his Clover Lane home in Lerona.

White was found beheaded at his home on April 1, 2018. His head was found nearby in a wooded area.

Mills appeared before Judge Mark Wills at Thursday’s hearing requesting a reduction in her $200,000 cash-only bond.

Her appearance in the courtroom was vastly different from a year ago, with her previous long, blond haired sheared to shoulder-length and now dark brown with gray streaks.

Following the defense request for a bond reduction, the prosecuting attorney emphasized Mills charge of first-degree murder and the decapitation of the victim.

Wills ruled Mills current bond was reasonable.

Mills was arrested the day of the murder “covered in blood, wearing a glove on her left hand,” and with a pocket knife in the pocket of her pants, Deputy J.A. Conner, of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, stated in his criminal complaint on the case. Mills appeared to be inebriated at that time.

Conner said in his report that Mills at first said she was bloody because she had cut two of her fingers, and then changed her story and said “she was attacked and had been thrown through a glass door.” She also had conversations with a man she called “Daddy” while “staring off into the distance.”

Mills is currently incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

Contact Samantha Perry at sperry@bdtonline.com