Father of slain athlete charged with battery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The father of murdered high school football
player was arrested after authorities say he beat up a teen alleged
to have bragged about the killing.

According to police in Tampa, 36-year-old Slyvannia Vidal Mills' daughter was working at a McDonald's last week when she recognized 19-year-old Frederick Powell as the person who had been bragging about killing her brother.

Cedric J. Mills, a 17-year-old Jefferson High School linebacker, was shot in front of his home in April 2007.

Police say the daughter told her mother Powell was in the restaurant, and a short time later Cedric's father appeared and began punching and kicking Powell.

Mills left the restaurant before police arrived but was arrested
the next day.

He was charged with false imprisonment and battery.
He was released on $2,500 bail.

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