Two Teens Charged In Deadly Milam County Home Invasion

By: KWTX Staff Email
By: KWTX Staff Email

Two Rockdale teenagers have been arrested and are in custody in Cameron Tuesday, both are charged with home invasion and capital murder.

Tanner Baker, 18, and Brandon Cotton, 18, were being held in the Milam County Jail Tuesday and being arraigned at noon.

Both have admitted they burglarized the home and killed the victim.

Milam County Justice of the Peace Rick Gomert pronounced Sandra Phillips, 50, dead at the scene and ordered her body sent to Austin for autopsy.

Milam County Sheriff's Deputies were sent to the 7300 block of Farm-to-Market Road 486 just after 5 p.m. Monday where they discovered the body of a woman inside her home.

An initial news release sent out by Milam County incorrectly stated the location as FM 487.

Milam County Sheriff David Green told News 10 he believes Mrs. Phillips was killed at about noon Monday.

Green says she was shot but he could not say what type of weapon was used or if it had been recovered.

Deputies say the woman’s husband discovered her body when he came home from work.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered a white Ford Mustang that belonged to the victim was missing.

Both teenagers admitted they had committed the murder and burglarized the home.

Rockdale Police officers spotted the vehicle in Rockdale at a local convenience store and arrested Baker who was found driving the car.

Cotton was found about an hour later at a different convenience store and arrested him.

The Department of Public Safety Mobile Crime Lab crime lab was called to the scene to assist investigators in collecting evidence.

Texas Ranger Matt Lindemann also aided in the investigation.

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