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Accused teen only intended on running away, defense says

Prosecution: If boyfriend did it alone, he’s a super villian.

July 14, 2008|By Michael Alexander

Though Mullenix has testified she tried to stop Allen as he held Barbara Mullenix on a bed and stabbed her to death, Balleste told jurors it was close to absurd to believe he did it all alone.

“What that leaves us with is Ian the super villain,” she said. “Because in order for Ian Allen to have committed this crime all alone, Ian must have tremendous strength, the strength of Samson. Because he uses the knives with the skill of a samurai to fend off Barbara, hold her down, and is able to embed the butter knife in her eye, fight her off, all while Rachael Mullenix fights with all her strength to stop him.”

But forensic evidence allowed for a longer killing, lasting up to an hour, Cohn said. And perhaps Mullenix might have made it take longer by trying to stop her boyfriend from committing a violent act, he said.

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“That could have prolonged the entire process and caused the many slash wounds going on in that situation,” he said to jurors.

The jury will continue to deliberate this week. There is no indication when they might come to a verdict.


MICHAEL ALEXANDER may be reached at (714) 966-4618 or at michael.alexander@latimes.com.

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