Homophobic murderer stabbed to death behind bars

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The Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed that Steven Eric Mullins, convicted on hate crime murder of Billy Jack Gaither 20 years ago died after being stabbed during an incident at St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Alabama, on February 26. According to the Birmingham News, the department is filing murder charges against another inmate, Christopher Scott Jones, who is serving time for murdering five people in 2008. In a confession to police, Mullins said he knew the victim as a regular at a local nightclub and resolved to kill him and did not hide that the victim’s sexuality was the reason for it. The victim had his throat slashed, was bludgeoned with an axe handle and was set on fire. Mullins’ co-defendant Charles Monroe Butler would later employ the gay panic defense, claiming that he had killed Gaither because he had propositioned him. Both men were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Butler is behind bars.

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