Trial Begins in Muhlenberg County Murder Case

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

A murder trial is underway for three men, including a former police officer, who are charged with the rape and slaying of a Muhlenberg County woman nearly 22 years ago.

On October 2nd, 1987, police discovered the body of 20-year-old Corinna Mullen in the trunk of her car.

She'd been raped and beaten, and died of asphyxiation.

Her boyfriend was charged with the crime, but later acquitted in 1988.
Then Kentucky State Police Detective Damon Fleming took over the case in 2006, and after a five-month investigation, brought new evidence that led to the arrest of a former Central City police officer and three others.

"Family has to stick together. That's the way it's always been," said Claude Mullen, Corinna Mullen's father.

Much of Corinna Mullen's family was in court Wednesday, as witnesses took the stand.

It's a day Mullen's father says he's been waiting for.

"It's got so messed up over the years. I guess most people wouldn't have kept pushing it like we did, but I promised a lot of people I'd never give up and I didn't," Mullen said.

Special Prosecutor Tim Coleman called Mullen, Detective Fleming and two other witnesses to the stand, including former Central City police officer John Scott, who was on the crime scene in October of 1987.

Scott worked with then police Lieutenant Billy Fields.

According to a witness statement to state police in 2006, Fields, Jeff Boyd and Jimmie Cramer beat, raped and sodomized Mullen at her apartment, loaded her body in the trunk of a1977 Chevy and took it to the old city garage in Central City.

Today, the family of Corinna Mullen says they want justice to be served.

"I heard stories about my mom and stories about who they thought did it, but I never thought we'd be in court doing anything about it. It's surreal," said Stephanie Logsdon, Corinna Mullen's daughter.

24-year-old Stephanie Logsdon was two-years-old when her mother was killed.

"They stole my mom from me," she said. "They stole my childhood."

And she, along with the rest of her family, says they're hoping for a positive outcome.

"The only way we get through this is to be optimistic, and to keep our heads up that things will go our way and I pray every night that it does," said Heather Mullen, Corinna Mullen's sister.

Both Fields' attorney, Jason Pfeil, and Special Prosecutor Tim Coleman declined to make any comments this early in the case.

Charges including complicity to murder, rape and kidnapping against the fourth person arrested in this case, Angela Smith, were all dropped.

Smith, who was Mullen's roommate at the time, faces a perjury charge.


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