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Trussville Police say 81-year-old man was shot to death

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Ken Millar holds his great-granddaughter in this photo taken a couple months ago. Source: Family photo Ken Millar holds his great-granddaughter in this photo taken a couple months ago. Source: Family photo
The home where Miller was found shot. Source: WBRC video The home where Miller was found shot. Source: WBRC video
Freddie Patton has been charged with murder in Ken Millar's death. Source: Trussville Police Department Freddie Patton has been charged with murder in Ken Millar's death. Source: Trussville Police Department
Trussville Police Lt. Jeff Bridges. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC Trussville Police Lt. Jeff Bridges. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC
TRUSSVILLE, AL (WBRC) -

Trussville Police are investigating the death of an elderly man found shot inside a home on Rockridge Avenue.

Police say Kenneth Millar, 81, was found shot in his home Thursday around 4:30 p.m. Millar was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead. Authorities say he had been shot in the chest with a 357 Magnum around 4 p.m. that day.

Lt. Jeff Bridges says a suspect, Freddie Patton, has been arrested and charged with Millar's murder. Police say Patton lives with Millar and there was some sort of altercation that led to the shooting. Patton is being held on a $150,000 bond.

According to Millar's brother Corbett Millar, Millar had an adopted daughter who lived in the house along with her longtime boyfriend, Patton, and her teenage daughter. Authorities say Patton had lived in the home for at least seven years.

Millar's daughter-in-law, Susan Millar, said the shooting ended years of Millar being taken advantage of by his daughter and Patton. Susan Millar says the daughter and Patton ran up thousands of dollars in credit card debt in Millar's name.

"She has written bounced checks all over the place. The overdraft charges took his entire social security check. He literally had no money, he was in the negative actually. Mr. Miller, when we talked to him about it just seemed very, very brainwashed," Susan Millar said.

Susan said she and her husband filed a case with DHR and Trussville police about the abuse and fraud within two weeks of Millar's death. She says the system failed her father-in-law because no action was taken.

On Friday, Lt. Bridges said the family had just filed a report of identity theft Monday and the case was under investigation when Millar was killed. Even before that, the police chief had given the family other suggestions on how to protect Millar.

"We're not the Gestapo. We can't walk in people's houses and tell then who's living there and who's not. We have rules to go by and we followed our rules," Lt. Bridges said.

Corbett Millar described his brother as a sweet, Christian man who loved children and had taught Sunday school for 45 years at First Baptist Church of Trussville.

Millar's friend, Kay Birdwell, also said that Millar was a good man and well-liked.

"He sang in the choir at First Baptist Church of Trussvile. He was just a very nice person," she said. "He had a garden...and he would share, every summer, he would share things with you."

At this time, no charges have been filed against Millar's daughter in connection to his death, but she is under investigation in connection to the fraud claims.

FOX6 News contact DHR about the case but have not yet received a response from them.

Funeral arrangements for Millar are still pending.

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