Boyfriend facing murder charge in shooting death of 18 year old in New Madrid County, Mo.

Family grieves following shooting death

PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - A man is facing a charge of murder in connection to a deadly shooting on Monday.

Adam Eugene Milburn, 19, of Caruthersville, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He is being held without bond.

On Monday, September 28, around 12:15 p.m., the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a gunshot victim at a home on State Highway KK near Portageville, Missouri.

Upon arrival, New Madrid County Sheriff deputies found 18-year-old Kerigan Mullins with a gunshot wound.

The New Madrid County coroner responded to the scene and pronounced her dead.

Kerigan Mullins, 18, died from a gunshot wound.
Kerigan Mullins, 18, died from a gunshot wound. (Source: Photo courtesy of family, Kailynn Mayberry)

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Detectives took Milburn to the sheriff’s department for a formal interview.

They say he told them he was sitting in his vehicle with the driver side door open and Mullins was standing outside the vehicle on the driver’s side with her back leaned against his left shoulder and facing away from him. He said they were “chatting and playing on their phones.”

Milburn told detectives he picked up a .40 caliber Kahr semi-automatic handgun that was on his dash and “poked” Mullins' right shoulder with the gun. He told detectives he was only teasing when he then held it close to her right ear, and pulled the trigger so she could hear the “click” of the gun.

According to court documents, Milburn said he never has a round in the chamber and was surprised when the gun went off and there was a live round in it.

Family members identified Adam Milburn as Mullins' boyfriend.

They said she was there for everybody else and called her the glue to the family.

Addison Birdwell is Kerigan’s younger sister. “I’m shocked. I want my sister back,” she said.

Sister Kailynn Mayberry is haunted by finding her sister shortly after the deadly shooting, and she said all she can think of is their last moments together.

“Yesterday, actually, I was with her and we went to Subway and got something to eat,” she said. “We got into it and she got out of my car and she was out here with Adam. That’s whenever it happened.”

Candi Cocharan called her granddaughter’s personality “one-of-a-kind.”

“Very caring, very strong young lady,” she said. “Smiled all the time, always willing to help.”

They said Mullins loved animals, including her dog Brody. She aspired to be a veterinarian.

“She was supposed to start next semester at Three Rivers in Sikeston.”

In her free time, they said Kerigan chose to express herself through art.

“She never met a stranger and anywhere she’d walk into a room, she’d make a friend immediately.”

Now, her family and friends say they plan to make sure their memories of her never fade.

“She will never be forgotten, never.”

New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control are still investigating the shooting.

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