Early in the morning on June 29, 2017, an Oklahoma father called his wife at work to deliver news no parent wants to hear — their daughter had been shot.
Ronald Lee McMullen Jr. claimed he was at home with their 22-year-old daughter, Kailee, when he watched her put a gun up to her face and pull the trigger, the Oklahoman reported.
He told his devastated wife, “Kailee’s been shot...” But when police arrived, they immediately knew that something was off about the 43-year-old father's story.
They entered the residence to find Kailee's mother performing CPR in the living room, while the father stood nearby covered in blood, according to an affidavit obtained by People.
Sadly, Kailee was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police noted there was a large amount of blood in the kitchen and living room, which McMullen had started to clean up with a towel. When asked why, he told police:
“I don't know why I did that.”
They tried to photograph the father because he was covered in blood, but he attempted to get it off by rolling on the ground and rubbing his face, the Oklahoman reported.
They eventually had to “physically restrain” him, the NY Post reports.
When questioned about the shooting, the father told police that he watched his daughter “playing with a wheel-gun” when it “went ‘pop.'"
He then admitted that he had moved the former varsity cheerleader's body from the kitchen into the living room, where it was found by police.
McMullen's suspicious behavior was enough for police to arrest the dad in July, and now he's heading to trial for murder after police revealed one key piece of evidence suggests she didn't shoot herself, according to the Oklahoman.
At McMullen's preliminary hearing on Monday, a Norman, Oklahoma, police detective testified that gun powder residue on the body showed that the gun was fired at least 18 inches away from Kailee, the Oklahoman reports.
At most, she could have held the gun 14 inches away from herself. The NY Post reports that Detective Brian Franks told the court:
“It tells me it was fired outside of her reach."
To make matters worse, some of those close to the family claim that Kailee told them her father was sexually abusing her in the months leading up to the shooting.
He was accused of abusing her back in 2009, but no charges were ever brought.
The Oklahoman reports that the father has yet to enter a plea for the murder charges.