Extradition hearing held for teen accused of murdering aunt


by Associated Press


Posted on November 13, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 7:54 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A teenager accused of murdering his aunt in Tennessee then fleeing to Louisville was arraigned on a fugitive warrant Tuesday.

Caleb Mullins, 19, is being held at Metro Corrections while he waits for authorities to return him to Tennessee.

His aunt, who he's accused of brutally murdering there over the weekend, had recently taken him under her wing to try to help him straighten up his life.

Mullins was arrested for armed robbery in Louisville back in April, after he was accused of robbery a man at gunpoint at a Thornton’s on Dixie Highway.

Mullins got a break back then. That robbery charge was reduced to felony theft,  and a potential 10-year sentence was knocked down to a year suspended sentence, minus 10 days served.

“You've got 355 days hanging over your head, so if you pick up any new charges, you'll be looking at that time, ok?” said Judge Katie King at the time.

Less than seven months later, authorities in Jackson, Tenn. say Caleb offended again.

On Saturday, police discovered his aunt Karen Mullins had been stabbed to death in her home in a gated community.

Her Toyota SUV had also been stolen. By early Monday morning, that vehicle was located parked outside a skating rink on Manslick Road.

Caleb Mullins was arrested nearby, and will eventually be charged with his aunt's murder.

According to neighbors Karen Mullins, 43, did not have any children.

She was Human Resources Manager for the Eaton Corporation, an international manufacturer of heavy machinery.

Karen Mullins allowed Caleb to move in with her a month ago to attend Jackson State Community College while he tried to get his life back on track.

“You're a young man,” Judge King told him back in April. “You're planning on going back to school correct, and getting on the right track, not the wrong track, because this is the wrong track, ok? Maybe you're hanging out with the wrong people, I don't know what you're doing wrong. Either way, let's get on the right track.”

Caleb Mullins agreed not to fight extradition to Tennessee to face the charges.

He's being held on a one million dollar bond, while authorities here await a governor's warrant requesting his transfer back to Tennessee.