Ky. Supreme Court upholds convictions of three in cold case dating to 1987

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:40 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of three men in a cold-case killing dating to 1987 in western Kentucky.

The high court on Thursday said that there were no errors in the joint trials of 68-year-old Billy Franklin Fields, 42-year-old Jimmie Cramer and 48-year-old Jeffrey Lee Boyd.

Fields, a former Central City police lieutenant, and Boyd were convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping in the death of Corrina Mullen, whose body was found in Central City in Muhlenberg County on Oct. 2, 1987. Boyd was convicted of manslaughter, rape and kidnapping.

Fields and Boyd were sentenced to life in prison. Cramer was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

The three men, who were charged in 2005, contested multiple issues on appeal, including whether they should have been tried together. The court, in an unsigned unanimous opinion, found no errors in the case.

Fields was one of the first police officers to arrive on the scene after Mullen’s body was found and participated in the initial stages of the investigation. The court noted that some evidence handled by Fields was lost and has never been recovered.

Mullen’s ex-boyfriend, Jimmy Springer, was initially charged with her murder in 1988. A jury acquitted Springer and the case sat dormant until 2005, when a state police detective reopened the investigation.

A witness told state police that she witnessed the murder and identified Fields, Cramer and Boyd as having taken part in the attack.

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