Man who killed 3 Memphis women now charged with new crime

Man who killed 3 Memphis women now charged with new crime
Gwendolyn Jackson was murdered in a church parking lot in 2012. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Gwendolyn Jackson was murdered in a church parking lot in 2012. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

KNOXVILLE, TN (WMC) - A man who confessed to the rape and murders of three women in Memphis is now charged with the brutal 2008 beating of a Knoxville woman.

Michael Mullins is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the attack of the 79-year-old woman in an East Knoxville park.

Nancy Theilemier, who works at the church where Gwendolyn Jackson was found murdered in the parking lot in 2012, is not surprised that Mullins is charged with another crime.

Theilemier spoke with Jackson the day before she was murdered.

"She said, 'Nancy, I've got a job and I'm going to get my hair done and I'm going to get off the street,'" Theilemier recalled.

Jackson and Mullins both frequented the church's soup kitchen.

"He was homeless and he made it his business to seek out homeless women," Theilemier said.

DNA tied Mullins to Jackson's murder, the murder of two other women, and the Knoxville woman's attack.

Theilemier says Mullins bragged about what he did to Jackson.

"He went up on Poplar, somewhere a lot of homeless people would hang out, and he still had on the bloody clothing and was bragging about it. That's how he got caught," she explained.

Mullins is now behind bars in a Knoxville jail.

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