Elric Shawn Millner
Elric Shawn Millner

Alleged Teen Rape Caught on Video

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When the 17-year-old girl woke, hungover and sore, around 2 or 3 p.m. on August 4, 2010, her boyfriend, Elric Shawn Millner, said he had something to show her. According to court documents, these were videos he had taken the night before, footage he shot while she was blackout drunk thanks to booze the then-22-year-old Millner had plied her with.

According to the documents, the footage shows Millner forcing the girl to perform various sex acts, including, at one point, anal sex. Drunk as she was, the girl had coherence enough to tell Millner that was something she did not want to do. According to the complaint, Millner proceeded anyway. When the girl asked him to stop and told him that it hurt, he refused to stop and told her that "she liked it."

In another portion of the videos, the girl vomited violently and urinated on herself while Millner laughed.

The girl told no one about these videos until 2011, when she shared her memories of that awful day with her new boyfriend, a former Marine military policeman. The ex-MP decided on a cunning, and utterly legal, revenge plot, one that only culminated in the last couple of weeks.

First, he convinced his girlfriend that, by law, she had been raped, and not just disgustingly taken advantage of, in that video, and that they should take the case to police.

Next, the new boyfriend pretended to befriend Millner. He went to Millner's apartment, allegedly to commiserate about what a bitch Millner's ex was. At some point, the videos came up, and Millner and the new boyfriend decided they would watch them together.

Once the MP saw them, he saw that she had not been exaggerating. There really was what he believed was a sexual assault on that tape.

He choked back his rage, this time long enough to get out, return to his girlfriend's side and persuade her to contact police.

Which she did. Millner, who appears to believe himself a swashbuckling pirate (judging from his goofy Facebook page), is currently in Harris County Jail facing sexual assault charges. Bond has not been set. BY JOHN NOVA LOMAX


$5K Reward Offered to End Cat Slaughter

A series of gruesome cat killings in several Inner Loop neighborhoods has gotten the attention of Crime Stoppers.

The killings, which date back to 2009, have occurred in River Oaks, Montrose and the Heights, and the area around Jaycee Park in Lazybrook/Timbergrove is a particular hotspot.

In many cases, the cats are shaved, skinned and mutilated — sometimes beheaded, and others times halved or quartered. The bodies are often left on display — in driveways, or in one case, in the middle of a baseball diamond.

In 2010, we found our own cat dead at the hands of a human in our backyard. Late last month, someone left the rear portion of a cleanly bisected tabby in the driveway of a home near Jaycee Park. That was enough to get the attention of Crime Stoppers and the Major Offenders Unit at HPD.

Last week, Crimestoppers issued a statement offering up to $5,000 for the capture of any suspects in these cases. If you have any tips, call 713-222-TIPS, or text "TIP610" to CRIMES (274637) or submit via the Web at www.crimestoppers.org. The anonymity of all tipsters is assured. BY JOHN NOVA LOMAX


Eight Is Enough: Rockets Logjam at Power Forward Dissected

As the Rockets head into summer league play with their ultra-young roster, a question has arisen among fans: What exactly are they going to do with eight (technically seven now, but we'll get to that) power forwards? It's a valid question. They currently have a logjam at that position — some can split time at other spots, but more on that in a minute — and the vast majority are very young.

With a 15-man roster, obviously the Rockets cannot keep this many players at a single position. Daryl Morey has said that the team doesn't think about the makeup of their roster in July, but I certainly can. Here's a breakdown of who they have and where they fit in, if at all.

Luis Scola

Let's start with last year's starter, Luis Scola. Not moments after we decided to compare the Rockets power forwards to a '70s television dramedy, the team made Scola an amnesty cut, meaning they have to pay his salary but he won't be on the team, nor will he count against the salary cap. Scola will join former teammate Goran Dragic in Phoenix. If the Suns add Courtney Lee, they could have three-fifths of the Rockets' starting lineup late last season. Scola was a hard worker and solid scorer, plus a fan favorite who will be missed.

Chance He Will Be on the Roster:

Zero, obviously.

Patrick Patterson

Patterson has been the second-best power forward on the roster since he was drafted two years ago. He had a bit of a downturn last season after a bright rookie campaign, but he also had some injury issues that held him back. Patterson is, like quite a few of the guys at this position, undersized. Morey seems to have a fetish for power forwards who are under 6'9". There has been talk Patterson could be a piece in a trade, and he could yet be.

Chance He Will Be on the Roster:

60 percent

Marcus Morris

The Rockets' first-round draft pick last year spent the vast majority of the season in the developmental league, so that should tell you a lot. Like Patterson, he is undersized and the Rockets tried to use some of his athleticism to convert him to a small forward, to no avail. Still, he has some upside and he'll get plenty of time to prove himself this year.

Chance He Will Be on the Roster:

75 percent

Dontas Montejunas

The Rockets picked up "Monte" in a trade with Minnesota last year after he was drafted by them in the first round. He spent last season in Europe and has used the time to get substantially stronger. Despite the European label, Montejunas is a fiery guy with a lot of swagger and some serious skills to back it up. He's even been compared to Dirk Nowitzki, though that is a stretch. He has a chance to be one of the more intriguing young players on this roster.

Chance He Will Be on the Roster:

100 percent

Royce White

When the Rockets drafted White in the first round this year, they and virtually everyone else referred to him as "unique." It's hard to argue. Not only is White an insanely gifted athlete with the body of a bulky, if shorter than ideal, power forward, but he has the skills of a point guard. He was probably the best athlete in the entire 2012 draft and it will be up to the Rockets to figure out how to use him — that is, assuming he can keep his much chronicled anxiety disorder in check.

Percentage Chance He Will Be on the Roster: 100 percent

Terrence Jones

Jones was another solid pick by the Rockets this year, but with the disappointment over not being able to trade up into the top 10, his name has been a bit lost in the discussion. Jones has talent and length and as close to legit size for the position as you can get on this team. Like Morris, he'll need to develop a game that allows him to fit in on this squad. My guess is he spends quite a bit of time in the d-league this season, which isn't a bad thing.

Chance He Will Be on the Roster:

100 percent

Jon Leuer

Leuer came over the Samuel Dalembert trade with Milwaukee. He's entering his second season after a promising start with the Bucks during the lockout-shortened season last year. He has legit size and some interior game, but he will be hard-pressed to clear a spot for himself at this crowded position. His small salary makes him a candidate for getting cut before the season unless he shows something in summer league and training camp.

Chance He Will Be on the Roster:

30 percent

Jon Brockman

Aside from being the other guy in the trade from Milwaukee to spell his name like Jon Bon Jovi, Brockman appears to be a journeyman — albeit a young one — undersized (what a surprise) power forward who will have a tough time making the roster. Most likely, he'll make a training camp body and that will be about it.

Chance He Will Be on the Roster:

10 percent



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