Two felon in possession of firearms charges, plus two other weapons charges, were dismissed by 34th District Court Judge David Parrott on Sept. 5 after the only witness called to court was the defendant’s wife, who refused to testify.
All charges against Jeffrey Allen Mullins, 45, were dropped when his wife Kelly Jean Mullins, 42, got on the stand and said she would not testify against her husband.
The prosecutor said she attempted to interview Mrs. Mullins before the preliminary exam that had been set for her husband that morning, but Mrs. Mullins had decided not to testify because he was her husband. She said they were married March 16, 2001 in a legal ceremony and they have two children.
The prosecutor said there was a 7-year-old son who could have been called to testify, but she would have to discuss this with her supervisors. The move appeared unlikely.
She told the judge she was unable to proceed without her witness.
A motion by the defense to dismiss charges against Mullins without prejudice was approved by Judge Parrott who directed Mullins’ bond money to be refunded and told him he was free to go.
VBT Detective Louis Keele said the case started when the young son found two guns in the garage and told his mother, who called police. They live in the 5900 block of Winchester.
Det. Keele said at least the police department got two guns off the street and out of the hands of a felon as a result of the case.
Keele said Mullins was held by Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department for a couple weeks on a probation absconding charge before VBT could take him to trial. He said he believes Washtenaw is not done with him since getting arrested on gun charges is a violation of his probation.
Mullins’ latest prison sentence in Washtenaw County was in August 2009 for resisting arrest, assaulting police officers, and fleeing.