Police acting on tips found the body of 30-year-old Matthew Mercure in Mullens’ apartment on Nov. 20. Andrea Mullens now faces charges of hiding a corpse, theft from a corpse, maintaining a drug trafficking place, contributing to the delinquency of a child and bail jumping.
If convicted, Mullens could face more than 32 years in prison.
According to the criminal complaint, Sheboygan police responded on Sunday, Nov. 17 to a residence near 13th and Michigan after a citizen reported a possible overdose at the residence. Police conducted a search of the residence and “found no one or anything of concern inside.”
Two days later, the complaint said a Sheboygan detective received eight phone calls from a man who “said (Mullens) had ‘shot [someone] up’ with drugs and the guy died.” The caller told police Mullens gave the man Narcan but he died, and said that the victim’s body was “wrapped in a blanket and hidden in a closet.”
An officer was sent back to the home on Michigan Avenue and searched again, ultimately finding a crawl space that was not insulated. Inside, the officer “located a dead body wrapped in fabric,” according to police
Officers made contact with a 16-year-old who had apparently been in the room with Mullens when the overdose happened. He allegedly told officers that after the victim stopped breathing Mullens “began freaking out, pulled (the victim) onto the floor, and asking for Narcan.”
When that did not work, the complaint says, Mullen “began doing chest compressions on (the victim) and blowing into his mouth.” The complaint says Mullens also grabbed “some of her own drugs and injected it into (the victim’s) arm.” After realizing the victim was dead, Mullens allegedly put the victim’s clothes back on (which she had removed to do CPR). The complaint said she “took (the victim’s) photo ID and debit card out of his belongings and hid them.” She “then got a blanket and rolled (the victim) in the blanket” and moved the body “from the main area into the crawl space.”
The 16-year-old later allegedly told investigators Mullens “would get people hooked on drugs and that she always had drugs at her place.” He said Mullens “tried to kill everybody slowly” and that her apartment was called “the shop.”
Mullens made her initial appearance in court on Monday, Dec. 3. She is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 12.