Steven Mullins Was Serving a Life Sentence for the Murdering a Gay Man in 1999
Over 20 years ago, 39-year-old Billy Jack Gaither was killed in a bar altercation after Steven Eric Mullins claims he made a pass at his friend. Along with his accomplice, Charles Monroe Butler, Mullins lured Gaither to a dock where they beat him and stabbed him to death before lighting him on fire.
Butler shared details of that night with PBS Frontline:
…We go out to the Watersheds–this little public place where everybody goes out to have a good time. But it wound up different. Billy Jack started talking about some gay issues…wanting to have a threesome, or whatever. Tempers flared up. Steve jumped on him, and cut his throat there…
When asked how Gaither had disrespected them, Butler responded:
Well, sir, I don’t know. It’s not like