A Travis County man who told authorities six years ago he wanted to kill his father was arrested Sunday in connection to what appears to have been attempts to hide his father’s recent death, court documents show.
Skye McMillon, 24, was booked into the Travis County Jail on a charge of tampering with evidence with the intent “to impair a human corpse,” records show.
The cause of death for his father, 60-year-old Steven Nurse, has not yet been released. Travis County sheriff’s officials said McMillon may be charged with additional crimes once Nurse’s autopsy report is complete.
Nurse was found dead Sunday in his house in the 10200 block of Sandy Beach Road, authorities said. Forensic investigators found that a large amount of blood had been cleaned from the floor, according to McMillon’s arrest affidavit. Two empty salt containers as well as burned candles were found near the body.
It “looked as though salt was poured on the body,” the affidavit says. “Candles are sometimes used to mask the smell of foul odors.”
Deputies have said that Nurse may have been dead for up to a week before he was found.
On Sunday, Nurse’s boss called 911 and told them Nurse, who hadn’t shown up to work for 13 days, wasn’t answering his phone. Deputies went to his house and found his body inside.
Deputies tracked the location of Nurse’s cellphone. The phone was inside Nurse’s car — and so was McMillon, the affidavit says. The vehicle, a green Subaru Outback, was parked near the Hill Country Galleria parking garage in Bee Cave.
McMillon told deputies he had taken his father to the hospital two days earlier and never went back to check on him, the affidavit says. However, there was no record of Nurse having been in any Austin-area hospitals.
In 2011, court documents show, McMillon was arrested for beating his father with a shovel at least eight times, causing injuries that nearly killed him. He told detectives he wanted to kill his father, then himself, the records say.
McMillon was in jail for 16 months before he pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, court records show. The judge in his case found that “drugs or alcohol abuse significantly contributed to the commission of the crime,” the records say.
As a result, McMillon was given probation and sent to the state’s Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility, records show. Upon release of that facility, he was instructed to report to Travis County’s Mental Health Support Court and not to live with Nurse anymore unless a judge approved it in the future.
He failed to report to his supervision officer in July 2013, so his probation was revoked and he was jailed again, records show. He was later released on probation again, and a judge gave him permission to reside with his parents in July 2014.
The day of the 2011 attack, McMillon told detectives that he had gone to the shed outside their house to find an ax to kill his father, case files show. When he could not find the ax, he grabbed a shovel instead and beat his father eight to ten times, according to the documents.
“Skye told detectives that he had been planning on killing his father, Steven, for approximately two weeks,” court documents say. He planned to kill himself after that, he told detectives.
On the day of the 2011 attack, Nurse was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.