Muhlenberg Murder Case Reopened

A former Central City Police officer is one of four people arrested in connection with a rape and murder that happened 19 years ago in Muhlenberg County.

On October 2, 1987 police discovered the body of 20-year-old Corinna Mullen in the trunk of her car. She had been bludgeoned and her official cause of death was asphyxiation. Mullen’s boyfriend was charged with the crime, but later acquitted.

A new detective took over the case five months ago and new evidence has now led to the arrest of four people.
One of those arrested is former Central City Police officer Billy Fields who claimed he was first on the scene after Mullen’s body was discovered.

“We do have suspects (how many)...not at liberty to say this point,” Fields had quoted back in 1987.

Also charged with murder, rape and kidnapping is Jimmie D. Cramer and Jeffrey Boyd of Central City. Angela K. Smith of Madisonville, who was Mullen’s roommate when the killing occurred, has been charged with complicity to murder.

Mullen’s father, who lives in Ohio County, says he’s relieved there’s been a break in the case.

“After waiting this much...everything’s so different...I thought people would lose interest...I
was wrong,” Mr. Mullen’s says. Mullen’s wife, Corinna’s mother, passed away just five weeks ago.

Kentucky State Police have not revealed what evidence led investigators to the four suspects.