Location: 26270 Doc Frame Road (CR314), Millsboro, DE
Date of Occurrence: Monday November 5, 2012 at approximately 1:00 p.m.
- Clifford W. Paynter Jr., 46, Millsboro, DE
Suspect and Charges:
- Cullen B. Phillips, 24, Millsboro, DE (Photo Attached)
- Murder 1st
- Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Millsboro, DE- The Delaware State Police Homicide Detectives are currently looking for Cullen B. Phillips in connection with the murder of his step-father.
Troopers responded to the Doc Frame Road (CR314) address around 1:00 p.m. this afternoon after 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call from a family member in the house stating Clifford W. Paynter Jr. had been shot by his step-son, Cullen Phillips. The incident occurred after the two had become involved in a verbal altercation. Phillips then left the house and retrieved a rifle from his vehicle only to return to the house where he shot Paynter one time in the chest. Phillips then fled the residence eastbound on foot.
Clifford W. Paynter Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene and was removed by the Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed.
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Cullen B. Phillips, they are urged to call 9-1-1 or Detective Ryde at 302-741-2730 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com
Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."