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Millsboro Man Arrested in Stepfather's Murder

Cullen B. Phillips Cullen B. Phillips

HARRINGTON, Del.- Delaware State Police say a tip from Crime Stoppers has led to the arrest a Millsboro man wanted in the shooting death of his stepfather.

Troopers said 24-year-old Cullen B. Phillips was arrested early Thursday morning after they received a tip that Phillips was staying at a home on the 200 block of Central Park Drive in Harrington.

Police said that as they were approaching the front door, Phillips opened it to greet the arriving officers and was taken into custody without incident.

He had been wanted since the Nov. 5 fatal shooting of his stepfather, 46-year-old Clifford W. Paynter Jr. of Millsboro. Authorities said the pair got into an argument and Phillips went to his vehicle and grabbed a rifle. Police said he shot Paynter once in the chest before fleeing the scene on foot.

Phillips has been charged with first-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. He is being held without bail in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. 

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