Tip leads to arrest of man in stepfather's death

December 20, 2012 7:55:25 AM PST
A Millsboro man has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of his stepfather.

State police say 24-year-old Cullen Phillips was arrested early Thursday morning after troopers got a tip from Crime Stoppers that Phillips was staying at a home in Harrington.

Police say Phillips opened the door to greet the arriving officers and was taken into custody without incident.

He's been wanted since the Nov. 5 slaying of his stepfather, 46-year-old Clifford Paynter. Police say the two got into an argument and Phillips went to his vehicle and grabbed a rifle. Police say he shot Paynter once in the chest.

Phillips has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail.


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