A Petaluma man on trial for murder in Sonoma County Superior Court admitted that he fatally shot his wife in the bedroom of their home on the night of Jan. 9, 2010, a prosecutor told the jury this morning. In his opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Craig Brooks said defendant Kenneth Mullennix told a Petaluma police officer who responded to his home that night, “I shot her. I killed her.” Mullennix, 52, had called 911 around 10 p.m., Brooks said.
Police arrived to find Mullennix’s 36-year-old wife Buapha in a pool of blood in the upstairs master bedroom of the home at 1301 McNeil Ave., Brooks said. Brooks said a bullet had gone through Buapha Mullennix’s right eye, and that the shot had been fired within 3 feet of her face. There was a Glock semi-automatic pistol on a chair a few feet from her body. A bullet was missing from the gun, and a casing was found on the floor, Brooks said. Buapha Mullenix had a boyfriend, and Brooks said her husband had been tracking her activities with a global positioning system in her car, and had learned through the GPS that she had visited her boyfriend’s house.
At a preliminary hearing in the case, Buapha Mullenix’s boyfriend, Craig Brennan, testified that he and Buapha had spent the night before her murder together. Included in the evidence will be a note Buapha wrote on Oct. 3, 2009, in which she said Mullennix grabbed her neck and pointed a gun in her face when he was drunk, Brooks said. Deputy Public Defender Jenny Andrews did not give an opening statement.
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