Case 169

Corinna Mullen

*** Content Warning: sexual assault ***

On October 2 1987, a council employee in Central City, Kentucky called police after finding an abandoned, blood-smeared Pontiac outside his workplace. When Lieutenant Billy Fields arrived at the scene, he found the savagely assaulted body of 20-year-old Corinna Mullen in the boot. Corinna hadn’t been seen since the previous night when she’d gone out drinking with her roommate Angela Smith.

Investigators immediately suspected that Corinna had been murdered by her boyfriend, 19-year-old Jimmy Springer. Jimmy was placed under arrest but denied any involvement. When another suspect emerged, nobody could be prepared for the truth.



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Fields v Commonwealth 

Fields v Commonwealth

Cramer v Commonwealth



Corinna Mullen – Find a Grave

Corinna Mullen – memorial page

Something is going to happen – Tim L. Williams

Kentucky Online Offender Lookup



My Heritage’ newspaper archives: 

Arrest in murder case – Kentucky New Era 

Central City murder probed – Kentucky New Era 

Officer, 3 others indicted in old case – Park City Daily News’ newspaper archives:

Murder suspected in death of a woman found in trunk – Messenger-Inquirer

Man indicted in murder – Messenger-Inquirer 

Springer found not guilty in woman’s murder – Messenger-Inquirer 

Prosecutor won’t reopen Mullen case – Messenger-Inquirer

Police say knife found in beating victim’s car – Messenger-Inquirer

Families struggle with memories of kill – Messenger-Inquirer

1987 Central City killing still unsolved (1989) – Messenger-Inquirer 

Mulhenberg continuing slaying probe – Messenger-Inquirer

Grand jury to hear murder case – Messenger-Inquirer 

Four are indicted in slaying – Messenger-Inquirer 

Tip reopens Greenville cold case – The Messenger 

Special judge to be appointed – Messenger-Inquirer 

Case gets new judge – Messenger-Inquirer 

Pre-trial hearings start in 1987 Muhlenberg murder – Messenger-Inquirer 

Opening arguments begin in trial – Messenger-Inquirer 

Most charges against Smith dropped – Messenger-Inquirer 

Testimony links ex-police officer to victim – The Messenger 

Boyd used gun to threaten victim – Messenger-Inquirer

Witness: Defendant bragged about slaying – Messenger-Inquirer

Victim’s roommate testifies (2009) – Messenger-Inquirer 

Jury deliberations underway – Messenger-Inquirer

Ex-police officer, 2 others convicted in woman’s death – Messenger-Inquirer 

Woman admits she committed perjury in 1980s murder case – Mesenger-Inquirer (2009)



Unusual Suspects – Brute Force



Break in 19 year old murder case – 14 News 

Family of murdered woman finally has closure – 14 News 

Prosecutor pitched off the case – Kentucky New Era

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