3-24-2010 South Carolina:
PICKENS COUNTY — A 31-year-old Pickens County man told investigators he had rid the world of a pedophile as he was being arrested Wednesday morning in the fatal stabbing of his stepfather.
According to an arrest warrant, Travis Chad Davidson was quoted as saying, “Damn right I killed him. I rid the world of a pedophile.” An investigator said there was nothing to substantiate the accusation of pedophilia.
Richard Alvin Mulkey was pronounced dead in the living room of his home on Mt. Bethel Church Road in Sunset around midnight Tuesday, according to Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley.
He had been stabbed several times in the chest and head, Kelley said.
Kelley said he was stabbed with a kitchen knife and said a second weapon, possibly an awl, a small pointed tool used for making holes in wood or leather, was involved.
Investigators arrived at Mulkey’s home and found his wife, Debra Mulkey, 54, standing on the front porch.
She said Davidson had stabbed her husband and fled into the woods nearby.
Investigators said they found Richard Mulkey, 49, lying face-down on the living room floor with a knife sticking out of his body.
Debra Mulkey told investigators that the two men had been arguing when Davidson began choking Mulkey, who was sitting in a chair. She said Davidson then threw Mulkey face-down on the floor and began stabbing him in the head and body.
Pickens County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tim Morgan said there was nothing to substantiate Davidson’s allegation that Mulkey, who was Davidson’s step father, was a pedophile.
No one by the name of Richard Alvin Mulkey was found in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s sex offender registry.
Davidson, who also lives on Mt. Bethel Church Road, was taken to the Pickens County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
An autopsy determined the cause of death to be the stabbing, Kelley said.
Morgan said the investigation continues. .Source.. by Rick Spruill
Sunset man arrested in stabbing death
3-24-2010 South Carolina:
A 31-year-old Sunset man faces a charge of murder in connection with the stabbing death of his stepfather who was found dead late Tuesday at a residence in the Sunset community, according to Pickens County Sheriff’s Office warrants and a release.
Travis Chad Davidson, of 236 Mt. Bethel Church Road, is charged in the death of Richard Alvin Mulkey, according to an arrest warrant.
The warrant states that Davidson stabbed Mulkey "multiple times with a knife in the head and body.
“The pair had been engaged in an argument when the defendant began strangling the victim while he sat in a chair,” according to the warrant. “He threw the victim onto the floor and on his stomach and began stabbing the victim about the head and body.”
According to Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley, Mulkey, 49, of 206 Mt. Bethel Church Road, was pronounced dead at his home shortly before midnight Tuesday.
The death has been ruled a homicide, Kelley said in a press statement, and an autopsy is being performed today to determine the cause of Mulkey’s death.
A release from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said Davidson is currently being held in the Pickens County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. ..Source.. by Julie Howle