Months later, murder of Clay City man still unsolved

State Police continue to work on the case
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Posted at 6:29 PM, Jul 26, 2019

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — More than seven months after a disabled Clay City man was found stabbed to death in his home, his loved ones still wonder who the killer, or killers, are.

Just four days before Christmas 2018, a neighbor went to check on 68-year-old Johnny Mullins in his home. Inside, they made a gruesome discovery. The coroner said that Mullins had multiple stab wounds to his neck and face.

Mullins' murder is still fresh on the minds of those who knew him.

"Johnny never bothered nobody, why they killed him I don't know," said Mullins' friend Darrell Sparks.

Sparks calls it a heartless crime that happened against a person who was always willing to help anyone. Sparks said Mullins was caring and helpful, even though he didn't have much money of his own. Sparks said that one time, Mullins helped him out when he saw him walking down the road.

"He had a car for sale, an old Honda. I think he wanted 600 dollars for it. He let me take and drive it home and keep it. Didn't charge me no money at all for it," said Sparks.

Sparks lives near Mullins' trailer, and he said that he keeps thinking back to the day of the murder when a stranger was peddling off things to sell.

"She knocked on my door tying to sell my wife paint and lumber. My wife told her no, I was in bed asleep then she went next door to Johnny's house the nigh when he got killed," said Sparks.

Police have never named suspects, but sources say that investigators have an idea who could be involved, it is just a matter of proving it.

"This person could still be running right beside us here. you don't know who it could be," said Sparks.

Kentucky State Police continue to work on the case.