MURDER SUSPECT'S SISTER TESTIFIES TO ALIBI.Byline: Karen Maeshiro Daily News Staff Writer
The sister of the man accused of murdering his estranged es·trange
tr.v. es·tranged, es·trang·ing, es·trang·es
1. To make hostile, unsympathetic, or indifferent; alienate.
2. To remove from an accustomed place or set of associations. wife testified Tuesday that her brother was at her trailer in Green Valley at the time Renee Mullins was strangled stran·gle
v. stran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles
a. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.
Cindy Lee said defendant Scott Mullins, 35, spent the night at her place and denied to prosecutors she would lie to protect her brother.
``That's not necessarily correct,'' Lee said as the defense began presenting its case. ``I would like to help but not if it was for murder.''
Scott Mullins, an unemployed construction worker, was arrested seven months after his wife's body was fished out of the California Aqueduct The California Aqueduct is a 444 mile (715 km)-long aqueduct in the United States that carries water from Northern California to Southern California. . Tests show that DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
or deoxyribonucleic acid
One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes. from blood and a broken fingernail fin·ger·nail
The nail on a finger. found in the victim's apartment match that of the defendant.
Renee Mullins, 34, disappeared from her Lancaster apartment early Aug. 10, 1997, the same day a neighbor called 911 to report hearing a woman screaming and crying.
Deputies responded and found signs of a ferocious struggle - broken pieces of acrylic fingernails, bloodstains and clumps of hair.
Three days after Rene Mullins disappeared, her body was found in the California Aqueduct south of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a California wildlife reserve located in the rural westside of the Antelope Valley in northern Los Angeles County. Constitutionally, it is a state park. Its namesake is the state flower, the California Poppy. , lodged against a gate used to control the water flow. She had been strangled.
Lee testified her brother arrived at her home between 12:30 and 12:45 a.m. Aug. 10, 1997, and that she awoke when her two dogs barked. She said Mullins talked about winning a billiards billiards, any one of a number of games played with a tapered, leather-tipped stick called a cue and various numbers of balls on a rectangular, cloth-covered slate table with raised and cushioned edges. tournament, then fell asleep on her couch about 2:30 a.m. She saw him later that morning at 7, Lee said.
She said her brother could not have sneaked out without her knowing because her trailer creaks when there is movement and her two dogs are ``barkers.''
Under cross-examination by Deputy District Attorney Steve Slavitt, Lee said this was the first time her brother paid a visit at that time of night.
Lee also testified that she and Renee Mullins had used drugs together. Defense attorney Larry Baker Larry Baker is a former American college and professional football player. An offensive tackle, he played college football at Bowling Green State, and played professionally in the American Football League for the New York Titans in 1960. had indicated in court last week that the victim's drug use had caused financial problems for the family and was behind the breakup of the couple's marriage.
Homicide Sgt. Craig Melvin testified Tuesday that a container of what appeared to be methamphetamine was found in the victim's purse at her apartment.
In contrast to the prosecution portrayal that the victim left the defendant in July 1997 because she was afraid of him, a defense witness said the couple appeared to have a good relationship.
Beverly Dalby said she and her husband spent time with the Mullinses at a billiards tournament in Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. in May 1997. ``They got along great,'' Dalby testified. ``I was kind of envious of how good their relationship was.''
Dalby testified she saw Renee Mullins at a pool tournament a week before her disappearance, and there was no indication of any problem.
Under cross-examination by Slavitt, Dalby said she did not know the victim well and was not aware that the victim had separated from her husband.
Detectives have described the slaying as a case of domestic violence that escalated to homicide. The victim had moved three weeks earlier into the apartment after separating from her husband, to whom she had been married about 12 years.
The couple's daughter, now 4, lives with the victim's mother.
Mullins' disappearance created a stir in the Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley , where she was well known for her community relations work. she appeared on advertisements for Gilbert Snow's dental office.