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Former Milton resident charged with murder

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Roommate's body dumped in remote Trimble location

By Lorrie Kinkade

A former Milton resident was arrested for the alleged murder of his roommate.

Kentucky State Police arrested Clester E. “Cletus” Mullins, 33, Thursday, Jan. 15, and charged with the alleged murder in the Dec. 6, 2008 death of Steven Michael “Catfish” Jones, 52. Mullins, originally from Eastern Kentucky, is also charged with tampering with physical evidence for allegedly moving the body from the crime scene and dumping it into a ravine.

Both men were employees at the Clifty Wastewater Treatment Plant construction site in Madison, Ind. They were sharing a rented house trailer on Coopers Bottom Road at the time of Jones’ death. Mullins had since moved to Madison.

KSP Public Affairs Officer Chip Perry said Jones' family had contacted local officials in early December, because they had been unable to to reach him by phone for several days. Jones’ traditionally kept in contact with his family when traveling for his job as an ironworker, according to family members.

Officers were unable to locate Jones, and his sister filed a formal missing persons report a short time later.

Police are releasing few details about the investigation, but in a Jan. 16 news conference, Perry said  Mullins "led officers to a remote location in Trimble County" on Jan. 15, and helped them locate Jones' body.

Perry said Jones, who is from Florida, died following an alleged physical altercation with Mullins on Dec. 6. Perry said the investigation is continuing; he would not give specifics of cause of death, nor would he state if police believe anyone else was involved. At the news conference, Perry said an autopsy was scheduled for later that day.

Perry said he expects Mullins to be charged with an alleged armed robbery of a Lexington, Ky., taxi driver in December.

Mullins was lodged in the Carroll County Regional Detention Center following his arrest. Bond had not been set as of Jan. 16.

 

The Trimble County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the investigation, which is being led by KSP Det. Todd Harwood.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Harwood at (800) 222-5555.