Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 9:15 a.m.
--Do not interfere in their relationship.
After interfering in the relationship between her 17-year-old daughter and a boyfriend in September 2006, CSI actress Barbara Mullenix ended up murdered, wrapped in her own bloody bed sheets, crammed in a cardboard box and finally tossed in the bay near the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
Newport Beach police found a butter knife embedded under her right eye socket.
Her jugular vein was slashed.
While in her own Huntington Beach bedroom the 56-year-old woman had received 52 stab wounds, many of them struck by a person who straddled the woman's prone body.
Forensic analysis concluded the killers--Rachael Mullenix and boyfriend Ian Westleigh Allen--used four different knives in the gory crime before dumping the corpse and attempting to flee to Florida.
An alleged motive?
The mom attempted to impose a 1 a.m. curfew.
At a 2008 sentencing hearing, veteran homicide prosecutor Sonia Balleste called the daughter a "sociopath" after the killer proclaimed, "I didn't do it!" Judge David Thompson was unimpressed. He sentenced her to 25 years to life in prison.
This week, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered Allen's claim that his conviction was tainted because a prosecutor introduced improper crime scene testimony that shouldn't have speculated about how certain leg wounds had been inflicted.
"We are not persuaded [by Allen's argument]," a three-justice panel concluded.
Allen will now continue to serve his 25 years to life sentence.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly