Daise gets life for 2009 execution-style murders
BEAUFORT – A 31-year-old Burton man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2009 execution-style murders of his ex-girlfriend and her four-year-old son.
At the conclusion of a two-week trial on Wednesday, October 23, jurors sentenced Earnest Daise to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty.
“He will die in prison,” said Solicitor Duffie Stone. “He will never get out, and I think that is appropriate. The jury worked long and hard on this case and I respect their decision.”
After feuding on November 15, 2009, Daise entered the Dale home of Jeanine Mullen, a 34-year-old teacher’s assistant who was preparing her family to go out to dinner to celebrate Waltfredo Mullen’s fourth birthday. He shot and killed Jeanine and her son, and also shot his own son by Jeanine, two-year-old Jeremiah Daise.
“This wasn’t an alcohol-fueled shooting in which he indiscriminately sprayed the room with bullets,” Stone said. “This was a cold and calculated execution. He stood over Jeanine Mullen, pressed the gun to her forehead and pulled the trigger. He did the same to Waltfredo and Jeremiah.”
Family members later arrived to discover a gruesome scene. Jeremiah Daise survived the shooting and told paramedics that it was his dad that had shot him. After the trial, Stone called Jeremiah “the bravest boy in Beaufort County.”
In addition to the life without parole sentence, Judge Carmen Mullen sentenced Daise to an additional 70 years in prison for the shooting of Jeremiah and two drug charges.