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A man accused of murder in a November shooting death in Polk County has received bond on several charges, but his case will go to the Grand Jury in the new year.

District Attorney Jack Browning said his office opposed bond for Kevin B. Millsap, 55, of a Lindale address, but despite the state’s objections he was granted a $50,000 bond on charges of felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence, along with associated misdemeanors for pointing or aiming gun or pistol at another, theft by receiving stolen property and reckless conduct.

Tallapoosa Circuit Superior Court Judge Michael Murphy decided against the state’s recommendations, but as of late last week no one had thus far provided the $50,000 needed to get him out of the Polk County Jail. That situation changed over the weekend after press time, when Millsap was released from jail on bond.

Browning added that in a second hearing held on Dec. 13 on the charges Millsap faces, a decision was made to forward those along to the Grand Jury.

“We expect they’ll hear that case not too long after the first of the year,” Browning said.

Additionally, police explained that Millsap had previously been charged with tampering with evidence after Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd reported that he threw the gun into an area creek, requiring a dive search team to be called out to locate the gun used in the shooting death. Millsap was also found to be a convicted felon, and the gun he used was logged as stolen in the Georgia Crime Information Center database of missing items.

Millsap is accused in the early morning shooting death of 49-year-old Thomas Elbert Mills, who was shot through the wall while sitting on a couch in his home by Millsap.

According to previous police accounts, Millsap came into the East Point Road residence intent on confronting another man there at the time. During the incident, words became heated and Millsap is alleged to have pulled a gun and fired it. The bullet went through the wall of the living room and into an adjacent room hitting Mills in the head while he sat on the couch.