Circuit Judge John Graham has denied youthful offender status in the cold-blooded killing of a young Jackson County man.
18-year-old Hank Blizzard admitted killing 20-year-old Timothy Mullican. The murder happened on July 9, 2017 in the Skyline community. Blizzard confessed he stabbed his victim in the neck because he had determined Mullican was a bad person.
Right now, Blizzard is walking free after the court reduced his bond from half-a-million dollars to only $100,000. Blizzard’s attorney convinced a previous judge, Don Word, to lower the bond. The lawyer argued no past criminal history, that Blizzard was eligible for youthful offender status and he was not a danger to the community.
Despite Blizzard's admission to killing Mullican, Judge Word agreed with the argument the confessed killer was no threat to the community.
WAAY 31 News talked with Mullican's father in the Hytop community. "It's just hard to digest this," Dan Mullican told WAAY 31 News. "For one person to decide you don't deserve to live.”
Blizzard told investigators he lured his victim to the entrance of the rock quarry on County Road 107. He had called Timothy Mullican who was operating a lawn care business. Blizzard claimed he wanted to meet Timothy to discuss hiring him.
“He admitted to planning this out," the grieving father told us. "He admitted to luring my son in and taking his life. And he even had a tarp. He was planning on getting away with it and doing away with my son's body.”
Timothy was able to get away. He made it down the road to a house where he died on the lawn. As he died, homeowners were able to comfort him. The people who live there put up a cross to memorialize Timothy.
Dan Mullican tells WAAY 31 he’s been praying for the family of Timothy’s admitted killer. He says they must be suffering, too.