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Houston Voice, No. 998, December 10, 1999 - File 008. 1999-12-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 23, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1439/show/1413.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 998, December 10, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 10, 1999
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 008
Transcript HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 10, 1999 NEWS Gaither's murder was a hate crime, killer admits by LAURA BROWN The convicted killer of gay Alabama resident Billy Jack Gaither insists he has been forgiven by God, while Gaither himself has not. "1 repented, and he is in hell," Steven Eric Mullins told interviewer Connie Chung. Chung's segment on Gaither's murder, titled "Blinded by Hate," aired Monday night on ABC's "20/20" news program. In June, Mullins pled guilty to the Feb. 19 murder to avoid the death penalty. He is now serving a sentence of life without parole in Alabama's Kilby Correctional Center, along with Charles Monroe Butler, the other young man charged in Gaither's death. Butler pleaded not guilty to the crime, but a jury in Rockford, Ala., convicted him Aug. 5. During the trial, Mullins testified that he became angry with Gaither after Gaither "propositioned" him. Mullins said he called Gaither and asked for a ride to a local bar. The two men picked up Butler and then went to a local watershed, where Mullins said he lured Gaither by promising him "a threesome." Butler testified that he knocked Gaither to the ground after Gaither "started talking queer stuff," but then walked away and let him get up. Mullins then stabbed and beat Gaither, and forced him to get into the back of the hatchback car. With Gaither alive and bleeding in the car, Mullins and Butler went to a trailer where Mullins lived, picking up kerosene, an ax handle, and old tires. They then drove to a secluded creek bank where local residents dumped trash. Mullins admitted he beat Gaither to death with the ax handle, then the two men burned Gaither's body on a pyre of tires. Police broke the case when Butler confessed the incident to his father, who told a family friend who then contacted law enforcement. During Butler's trial, Coosa County District Attorney Fred Thompson Jr. consistently described the crime as motivated by hate. Butler and Mullins "knew that Billy Jack Gaither was homosexual, and that is the only reason Billy Jack Gaither was killed," Thompson said. Mullins confirmed the motive in the "20/20" interview. Asked by Chung if the killing was a hate crime, "yes, at the time," he replied. Mullins repeatedly said that being gay is "not right," an opinion Chung then described as a "twisted moral belief" that resulted in Gaither becoming "a man Mullins lynched because of his lifestyle." Handcuffed and wearing a prison uniform, Mullins told Chung he wasn't bothered by Gaither's homosexuality when the two first met. "I could respect him being gay if he could respect me being straight," he said. Mullins said his feelings changed when Gaither "broke the respect line with me" when "he called me on the phone and propositioned me." Mullins said he woke up on Feb. 19 knowing he would kill Gaither, and said the feeling "wasn't any different than waiting up and saying 'I'm going to the grocery store.'" Asked why he decided to kill Gaither, "I really don't know," Mullins said. "It just seemed like the thing to do.... I didn't think he needed to live any longer." Mullins said Gaither begged for his life, "but I told him it was too late." "Did you tell him why?" Chung asked. "I told him because he was a faggot," Mullins said. Mullins said he thought he would "get away" with the crime, and he felt guilty about killing Gaither for "a couple of days," but then he prayed and asked God to forgive him. "Did you get an answer?" Chung asked. "Yes, I was forgiven," Mullins replied. Chung then asked why Mullins believes Gaither is "in hell." "Because he is a homosexual," Mullins said. "It tells you in the New Testament that is wrong, and if 1 had a Bible I could show you. Liars and adulterers and homosexuals and murderers are all going to hell unless you ask for forgiveness, and I did." Breaking down in tears, Mullins said later in the interview that he regretted the murder. "It just never should have happened," he said. Butler also cried when briefly interviewed by Chung about the crime, which he continued to say was committed totally by Mullins. Butler said he didn't save Gaither when Mullins went inside the trailer to get the tires and other items because "I was like a chicken with his head cut off, and I didn't know what to do." With tears streaming down his face, Butler said life in prison was "very hard," and "I just pray to the Lord to give me the strength to carry on." Steven Mullins, convicted of murdering Billy Jock Gaither, now claims he has been forgiven while Gaither is In hell.' Oasis Esplanade A three level luxury apt., with rooftop garden & best view in New Orleans. 3 blocks to French Quarter. All amenities. Available for short term accommodations. FOR RESERVATIONS: 800-575-9166 • 504-524-4248 1260 Esplanade Ave. • New Orleans, LA 70116 CAPITAL BANK 3007 S. Shepherd @ W. Alabama 713/529-0001 FDIC insured. Rates subject to change. 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