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A Petaluma man was charged in Sonoma County Superior Court this afternoon with murdering his wife Saturday night and possessing an SKS assault rifle in their east Petaluma home. Kenneth Mullennix, 49, did not enter a plea to the charges and will be arraigned Wednesday morning. He is being held in the Sonoma County jail under no bail.Mullennix is charged with fatally shooting 36-year-old Buapha Mullennix in their home in the 1300 block of McNeil Avenue.
He called police to report the shooting and was arrested without incident, Lt. Mike Cook said. His wife was shot once and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.There is no history of domestic violence calls to police from the couple’s home, Cook said.Deputy District Attorney Traci Carrillo said police recovered the suspected murder weapon, a semi-automatic handgun, and also the SKS assault rifle with a detachable magazine in the home.
Mullennix could be sentenced to 50 years to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder with weapons enhancements and possession of the assault rifle, Carrillo said.Judge Knoel Owen appointed Deputy Public Defender Karen Thompson Mullennix’s attorney. The case was transferred this afternoon from the early case resolution court to trial court.Buapha Mullennix worked at the Teriyaki House restaurant in Petaluma. Kenneth Mullennix was self-employed in construction.
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