AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas man has been charged with murder after his father’s badly decomposed corpse was found in their home covered in salt and Odor Eater foot powder last week, authorities said.
Skye McMillon, 24, is accused of killing his 60-year-old father, Steven Nurse, and leaving his body in a downstairs bedroom for some time, covering it with blankets and making efforts to cover up the smell as the bloodied corpse decomposed.
Police found the rotting corpse on July 23, after Nurse’s employer called saying he hadn’t shown up for work for nearly two weeks and they were unable to get hold of him, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
“The smell of decomposition was overwhelming upon entering,” police wrote in an affidavit.
An autopsy revealed that Nurse had died of blunt force trauma to his head and throat. McMillon initially told police that he had taken his father to a hospital two days before his body was found, and that had been the last time he had seen him, but investigators were unable to locate a hospital that had a record of Nurse being there.
McMillon has been charged with murder and tampering with a body and is being held on $600,000 bond.
He had previously been charged in 2011 with severely beating his father with a shovel, in an episode that nearly killed Nurse, relatives said.
“Steve was never the same after that,” Tom Nurse, Nurse’s brother and McMillon’s uncle, told the Austin paper. “He could never walk as well or use his hand as well. He couldn’t speak as well.”
McMillon, who Tom Nurse said had been diagnosed as bipolar with psychosis following the 2011 incident, served 16 months in jail for the assault. He later returned to live with his father, who Tom Nurse said believed he was the only one who could help McMillon.
“He was aware his life was in danger, but he said, ‘I need to help my son’,” he said.