Prosecutor: Cases involving embattled Michigan State Police trooper may be dismissed
(2/21/2019) - A Michigan State Police trooper's arrest for allegedly assaulting his female partner while on duty is causing a ripple effect for other cases in which he was involved.
Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene is reviewing dozens of cases involving Trooper Adam Mullin. Reene may be forced to dismiss some of the cases because Mullin cannot be called to testify in court.
Investigators say 25-year-old Mullin assaulted his female partner while they were on duty together Feb. 10 and then concocted a fake story for how she was injured.
Her injuries were serious enough to require hospitalization, but Michigan State Police officials could not comment Thursday on her condition or whether she has returned to duty. She and Mullin worked together out of the MSP Caro Post for the past few years.
Mullin is facing six charges, including assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, for the incident that happened in the Bad Axe area in Huron County.
Reene is trying to determine which cases involving the two that he can still prosecute and which cases may have to be dropped.
"It's created tremendous complications, because not only did they work together at times, they work individually at times on cases," he said. "So what we have had to do is begin a review of all cases, determining their levels of involvement."
Mullin has been suspended without pay while his case moves through the court system in Huron County. Reene said Mullin will not be called as a witness in any case he investigated as a trooper because of his own legal issues.
"A lot of times you will have other investigators involved and their role was minimal. Other times they may be the primary investigators," Reene said.
He some of the cases Mullin investigated alone, including drunk driving offenses, may have to be dismissed.
"Some will be (dismissed) as we go through this review process because no one else was involved and it's not the type of case where you could go and start over," Reene said.
His office has been contacting the attorneys of people who have been charged with crimes in the county, informing them of the status of each case Mullin and his partner worked on.
"There are assault cases, there are traffic cases," Reene said. "Virtually every category of crime is represented because of the time they have been here and the type of investigations they do."
A Huron County bond company posted $250,000 bond on Mullin's behalf, allowing him out of jail. He was placed on a tether and given strict orders from the court to avoid contacting victim.