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Resource ID: #23043
Subject: Justice
Source: New Times (Phoenix)
Date: 2006-09-21



Kentucky prison inmate James Mullins was looking at spending more than 25 years behind bars for theft and burglary charges. When a 19-year-old woman turned up murdered in Arizona, he "confessed" to the crime, which had taken place 2,000 miles from him and which he obviously had not committed. He said he hoped that Kentucky police would drop the theft charges and send him to Arizona to stand trial for murder, for which he would be exonerated since no evidence connecting him to the murder existed. Police discovered the inconsistencies in his story, and it turned out that the slain woman was actually a victim of the Baseline Killer, a serial murderer who had terrorized the area. Reporter Paul Rubin tells the story of Mullins' deception, which included a fellow inmate receiving clemency for his false testimony regarding Mullins.

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