Chase Duane Mullins, a 22-year-old Plainview man, has been sentenced in Yell County after entering a plea of no contest to the charge of Murder in the First Degree in the death of of 2-year-old Remington Rainey, also of Plainview. The death occurred at a Plainview residence on November 29, 2018. Mullins has remained in custody at the Yell County Detention Center since his arrest and held on a $1,000,000 bond that was set by Yell County Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey.
According to information attached to the Murder in the First Degree charge filed in Yell County Circuit Court approximately 20 months ago, Mullins, who was the boyfriend of Emily Markham, the victim’s mother, called Yell County 911 on Thursday, November 29, 2018 and reported that he had discovered the child in the child’s bedroom and that he was not breathing. Mullins reported to law enforcement that he was the only adult at the residence when the child was discovered and that the child’s mother was at work at the time.
After the 911 call was received, Yell County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the residence along with Yell County EMS. The EMS then transported the child to Chambers Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. Sheriff’s investigators were notified and conducted several interviews and obtained a search warrant for the residence to search for evidence that night. The child’s body was submitted to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner and that the preliminary results of the autopsy indicate that the child died from blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death was listed as a homicide.
Mullins entered the plea of not guilty, and the since the formal filing of the Murder charge on December 7, 2018, the date for Mullins’ jury trial to be held has been continued.
On Thursday, January 31, 2019, Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced the arrest of Emily Michelle Markham, 21 of Rover, in connection with the investigation of the death of 2-year-old Remington Rainey.
Yell County officials announced at that time that Markham had been formally charged with Permitting the Abuse of a Child resulting in serious physical injury or death, a Class B felony.
(To read previously published articles regarding both felony cases, click the links below.)
According to court documents, on July 27, 2020, Special Prosecutor Jason Barrett, Mullins and his attorney Leo Monterrey, appeared before a judge in Yell County Circuit Court where Mullins agreed to plea no contest to Murder in the First Degree, a Class Y Felony.
In return for the plea, Mullins was sentenced to 25 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with 605 days of jail time credit. He was ordered to pay $150 Court cost, a $250 fine, ordered to pay $100 child advocacy fund, a $250 DNA fee, and an administration fee of $10 per month all due and payable at the rate of $50 per month beginning 60 days after his release from ADC. Mullins was was ordered to have no contact with the family of Remington Rainey.
Mullins also entered a no contest plea for the a second charge filed against him on December 12, 2019 of Furnishing, Possessing, Using or Delivering Prohibited Articles and received an additional 120 months on the Class C Felony charge. According to the sentencing order Mullins was ordered to serve 12 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with the suspended imposition of sentence to run concurrent with the sentence for Murder in the First Degree.
Emily Markham is scheduled to appear in Yell County Circuit Court during a pre-trial hearing on the charge of Permitting the Abuse of a Child, a Class B Felony, on August 6, 2020.
The State of Arkansas versus Emily Markham jury trial is set to be held August 20, 2020 in Yell County Circuit Court at the Yell County Courthouse located in Danville.
To read previously published articles regarding the felony cases, click the links below.
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Mullins, Markham appear in Yell County Circuit Court; jury trial continued until May