A Madison County grand jury will now hear the case of a teen charged with murdering his aunt last month, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.
Caleb Lawrence Mullins, 19, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Jackson City Court, the release said. Caleb Mullins is charged with second degree murder, theft over $10,000 and tampering with evidence in connection with the murder of his aunt, Karen Mullins, inside her home at 21 Copper Ridge Drive.
Caleb Mullins remains in custody at the Madison County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
According to release, at 9:52 p.m. on Nov. 11, Jackson police received a call from a woman in Louisville, Ky., after she had not heard from her twin sister, Karen Mullins, in over 20 hours. According to the sister, it was uncharacteristic for that much time to pass without them talking.
Officers responded to the Karen Mullins’ home, located at 21 Copper Ridge Cove, the release said. Through the window, police saw a woman lying on the kitchen floor. Officers forced entry into the home and found Karen Mullins dead. Foul play was apparent and investigators and an assistant county medical examiner were summoned to the scene. The preliminary cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
The release said investigators determined that Mullins’ nephew, Caleb Mullins, who lived with her in the home, and her SUV were both missing. The investigation also revealed that Karen Mullins moved to Jackson from Louisville in March and her nephew came from Louisville to live with her in early October.
Investigators received information from Mullins’ family in Louisville about a possible location of the nephew in Louisville. Jackson police contacted Louisville police and they located Caleb Mullins and Karen Mullins’ 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.
Jackson investigators traveled to Louisville around 3 a.m. on Nov. 12, to question Caleb Mullins. As a result of the questioning, Jackson police believe Karen Mullins was fatally stabbed, inside her Copper Ridge home, by her nephew on Nov. 10.
Jackson investigators also recovered the murder weapon and other evidence in a dumpster at Camelia Trace Apartments, located at 100 Trace Drive in Jackson, around 1 p.m. Nov. 12. The release said Karen Mullins and her nephew had lived in Camelia Trace Apartments prior to moving to Copper Ridge Cove.
Caleb Mullins had been held in Louisville, Ky., as a fugitive of justice, on a $1 million bond since Nov. 12., a day after his aunt was found dead inside her Jackson home. He originally refused to waive his right to an extradition hearing but later waived his right on Dec. 12.
Caleb Mullins was brought back to Jackson on Dec. 18. On Dec. 19, Caleb Mullins was formally arraigned in Jackson City Court and his bond was set.