Jackson Teen Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder
JACKSON, Tenn. – A Jackson teen pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of his aunt. Caleb Mullins, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to murdering his aunt, Karen Mullins, 43, and stealing her SUV in a 2012 attack at Karen Mullins’ Copper Ridge Drive home in Jackson. “It’s a tough situation all the way around for everybody,” said George Morton Googe, Mullins’ attorney. Caleb Mullins entered his plea in Madison County Circuit Court, Division II, to second-degree murder, theft of property more than $10,000 and tampering with evidence. “It’s really tragic for this family because you know they lost their loved one and then there’s another loved one that’s going away to prison,” said Capt. Tyreece Miller, with the Jackson Police Department. Caleb Mullins will be held at the Madison County Jail pending sentencing in Circuit Court at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 18. He faces 15 to 25 years for second-degree murder and three to six years each for theft of property more than $10,000 and tampering with evidence. Around 9:50 p.m. Nov. 11, 2012, Jackson police received a call from Sharon Mullins in Louisville, Ky. after she had not heard from her twin sister, Karen Mullins in over 20 hours. According to Sharon, it was uncharacteristic for that much time to pass without her talking to Karen. Officers responded to Karen’s home. Through the window, police saw a woman lying on the kitchen floor. Officers forced entry into the home and found Karen dead. Foul play was apparent. Investigators and an assistant county medical examiner were summoned to the scene. The preliminary cause of death was ruled a homicide due to multiple stab wounds. Police investigators determined that Karen’s nephew, Caleb Mullins, and her SUV were both missing. Investigators received information from Karen’s family in Louisville about a possible location of Caleb in Louisville. Jackson police contacted Louisville police, and they located Caleb and Karen’s SUV around 1 a.m. on Nov. 12. He was taken into custody, and the SUV was impounded by Louisville police as a crime scene. The investigation revealed that Caleb fatally stabbed Karen, inside the home, on the evening of Nov. 10. He then took her Toyota Rav4 and drove to Louisville. Jackson investigators also recovered the murder weapon and a bloody shirt in a dumpster at Camellia Trace Apartments in Jackson. Caleb Mullins was extradited from Louisville and booked into the Madison County Jail on Dec. 18. Karen moved to Jackson from Louisville in March 2012, and Caleb came from Louisville to live with her in October 2012.