–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