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Woman Stabbed to Death in North Jackson

By Natalie Potts
By Npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Jackson Police are investigating the Hub City's 12th homicide this year after a woman was found stabbed to death in her north Jackson home, Sunday.

Police said they found Karen Mullins,43, fatally stabbed in her kitchen during a welfare check. The victim's twin sister had called police to check on her sister because she hadn't heard from her in more than 24-hours. At the crime scene, authorities said they discovered that the victim's nephew Caleb Mullins, 19, and the victim's car were missing.

The car was later found parked in a roller skate park in Louisville, Kentucky. Investigators said they received information from Mullins' family in Louisville of the nephew's possible whereabouts. Louisville Police then located Caleb Mullins and took him into custody for questioning. After their interview, Jackson Police said their investigation led them back to the Camelia Trace Apartments in Jackson where both Karen and Caleb Mullins had lived together before. There investigators found the murder weapon thrown into a dumpster.

Mullins currently has warrants charging him with second degree murder, tampering with evidence and theft over $10,000.

Neighbors told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that a crime like this has never happened in their quiet, gated community.

"It's very unnerving, it frightens me and I've not really been frightened in this neighborhood before," said Neighbor Kay Kennedy. "Never did I really truly expect to see crime tape up around a house in my neighborhood. "

North Jackson residents said this brutal murder serves as a reminder that domestic violence can happen anywhere.

"It's heartbreaking really just to see that that kind of evil exists in our world and in our community, " said neighbor Josh Clarke. "It's shocking you never think that it's going to happen in your neighborhood or down the street from where you live but violence can happen anywhere where there are people, it can happen"

Jackson police said Caleb Mullins could face a Louisville judge as early as Tuesday morning. If he chooses not to fight extradition, then Jackson authorities could immediately bring him back to Jackson. Investigators are not saying what may have led to the stabbing. Neighbors said Karen Mullins cared for her nephew, Caleb like he was her own son, and did not have any children of her own.

Police said their investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this case call Jackson Police at (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731)424- TIPS.

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