Recap: New Evidence in Muhlenberg Slaying

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A former police officer and three others have been indicted on murder and rape charges in a Western Kentucky killing that has gone unsolved for two decades.

Former Central City, Ky., police officer Billy F. Fields, 63, was indicted Friday, Dec. 15, on charges of murder, rape and kidnapping in the 1987 slaying of Corinna Mullen.

Mullen, 20, was beaten to death, and her nude body was found inside the trunk of her car.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reported the Muhlenberg County, Ky., grand jury on Friday, also indicted Jimmie D. Cramer, 37 and Jeffrey L. Boyd, 44, on the same charges as Fields.

A fourth person, Angela Smith, 40, of Madisonville was charged with complicity to murder, rape and kidnapping. Prosecutors said in court records that Smith was present during the killing and did nothing to stop it.

The case went unsolved after Mullen's boyfriend was charged in her murder and then acquitted in 1989.

The initial investigation was conducted by the Central City Police Department, where Fields was an officer and by the Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Department.

Fields, Smith and Boyd all testified during Mullen's boyfriend's trial, and police now believe they gave false testimony, according to court documents.

Each of the men were charged Friday with first-degree perjury.

State police opened an investigation after the 1989 acquittal and sought the help of the FBI.

State police Det. Damon Fleming took another look at the case recently and found evidence he believes links Fields, Cramer, Boyd and Smith to Mullen's death. According to an arrest warrant, Fleming alleges that Fields also signed out evidence from the state police lab while he was an officer. Fields was also charged Friday with tampering with physical evidence.

Police arrested Fields, Cramer, Boyd and Smith last month after new evidence was found in the case, state police said.