Bibb man charged in wife's murder after release from hospital

Bibb County deputies have arrested a 69-year-old man who they said shot his wife to death and then turned the gun on himself earlier this month.

Capt. Mike Smallwood said deputies took James Wilbur Mullis into custody when he was released from the hospital Friday.

Mullis is charged with felony murder in the death of his wife, 71-year-old Betty Mullis, Jan. 5.

He is being held without bond at the Bibb County jail, according to jail records.

Smallwood said it’s unusual that a person survives a murder-suicide attempt and then is charged.

“It’s real rare,” he said. “But it’s still murder. He took another person’s life.”

Deputies were dispatched to Mullis’ home, at 5545 Marion Road, at 5:42 p.m. Jan. 5 after neighbors called 911 at James Mullis’ request.

When deputies arrived, they found Betty Mullis dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

James Mullis was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia for treatment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.