GALVESTON, Texas After surrendering to Philadelphia police, a man accused of killing his infant son confessed to the first officer he saw, testimony revealed Tuesday.
In pretrial hearings that began Tuesday, attorneys for Travis Mullis, 24, seek to suppress their client s statements ahead of a jury trial scheduled March 7. Mullis is charged with capital murder.
Philadelphia officer Michael Munroe testified Tuesday that Mullis approached the thick, bullet-resistant glass at police headquarters, bent to the opening and said he was wanted for kidnapping, murder and a stolen automobile in Texas.
Galveston sightseers found 3-month-old Alijah Mullis dead Jan. 29, 2008, atop a Seawall Boulevard levee near East Beach in Galveston. If convicted of killing his son, Mullis faces the death penalty.
While at police headquarters, Mullis was calm and spoke in a low tone, Munroe said. After police confirmed Mullis was a wanted man, Munroe walked him into the secured lobby.
Prosecutor Kayla Allen asked Munroe if Mullis made a statement.
I stomped his head, and I kept stomping his head, Munroe testified.
Allen asked Munroe what he told Mullis.
You don t have to tell me anything, man, Munroe said.
Mullis repeated the phrase a third time, Munroe said. Mullis then asked if he did the right thing, presumably referring to his surrender to police.
Munroe told him he did.
Defense attorney Gerald Bourque asked Munroe if he read Mullis his rights.
Munroe said no.
When we take someone in, we don t arrest them, Munroe said, noting he merely secures public access to the police department.
Mullis told police he d parked in a nearby garage, and he gave detective John McNamee a parking stub. McNamee found the car, which appeared as if it had been lived in, and seized a BB gun before having it towed as evidence, testimony revealed.
Shoes were among the evidence brought from Philadelphia to the island, Galveston police crime scene investigator Scott Pena said.
Prosecutor Donna Cameron displayed a photograph of Alijah s head. The square patterns on the infant s skull were similar to the square patters found on the shoes in evidence, Pena said. The shoes appeared to be tennis shoes.
Bourque and co-defense attorney Robert K. Loper filed 62 pretrial motions and also are expected to address others that are both contested and agreed upon, including several which seek to have the Texas death penalty ruled unconstitutional.
In Mullis first statement to the media, he told The Daily News last month during a jailhouse interview he opposes his attorney s efforts to have the death penalty ruled unconstitutional because he doesn t want to escalate attention to his high-profile trial.
Mullis pretrial hearings in Judge John Ellisor s 122nd District Court in Galveston are scheduled through Thursday.
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