Police: Bloody fingerprint links roommate to murder of man found burned in barrel

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Police say a bloody fingerprint led to a murder charge being filed against the roommate of a man whose badly-burned body was found at a Goose Creek home.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Shannon Smith, the roommate of Michael Mullikin, Goose Creek Assistant Police Chief John Grainger said. Court documents state a bloody fingerprint found on the door frame of the home was sent to the SLED forensic lab where investigators matched it to Smith.

Blood found inside the home was a match to Mullikin, an affidavit states.

Police issued a warrant for grand larceny against Smith on March 9, a week after Smith and two others were arrested driving Mullikin's car in St. Peters, Missouri.

Mullikin's body was found in a barrel in the backyard of his home on Madeline Drive on Feb. 27, Coroner Bill Salisbury said. Police went to Mullikin's home to check on him after his daughter called them to report she had not been able to reach him.

When his daughter walked through the home with police, she said a television and an Xbox were missing, investigators said.

Court documents state Smith picked up the two passengers at the Summerville Walmart at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 27. The passengers arrested with Smith said he sold a television set to a man at a Summerville motel, the affidavit states. Investigators say Smith told his passengers the vehicle was his own that he had leased, but later told Missouri authorities it belonged to Mullikin and that he was driving it with Mullikin's permission.

Smith remains in custody in Missouri on local charges. Goose Creek Police are working with the Berkeley County Solicitor's Office to extradite Smith to Berkeley County, he said.

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