As jurors deliberate whether 23-year-old Ian Allen is guilty of the 2006 murder of his former girlfriend’s mother, Barbara Mullenix, in their Huntington Beach condo, Allen’s guilt wasn’t the only question they were asked to grapple with.
Both prosecution and defense attorneys had to deal with the question of Rachael Mullenix, also.
The defense and prosecution made their closing statements Monday to jurors, battling over whether Allen was an active participant in the brutal stabbing or just someone who saw an unspeakable crime and tried to help her cover it up. Jurors then began deliberating at the end of the day, and will meet until they reach a verdict.
Rachael Mullenix was the sole killer, and the stabbing was sudden, not a conspiracy, public defender Julie Swain told the jury. The weapons used, and Rachael Mullenix’s history of abusive treatment by her mother, suggest the teen killed her mother on her own, and suddenly, she added.