Sunset man pleads guilty in stabbing death of stepfather

PICKENS — A Sunset man was sentenced to 10 years in prison last Wednesday in the stabbing death of his stepfather.
Travis Chad Davidson, 31, of 236 Mt. Bethel Church Road, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the March 23 death of Richard Alvin Mulkey.
According to arrest warrants, deputies responded to a call on Mt. Bethel Church Road in reference to an assault with a knife in March.
When deputies arrived, they were met by the victim’s wife, who told them that her husband had been stabbed and the person that stabbed him had fled.
When deputies entered the home they found Mulkey, 49, of 206 Mt. Bethel Church Rd., lying on the living room floor stabbed.
Officers left the home, and Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley was called. Kelley pronounced Mulkey dead at the scene.
Warrants said at the time of the incident that the victim was stabbed multiple times about the head and body, and a murder weapon was found stabbed into the victim’s body protruding from his buttocks.
Deputies immediately began a search for Davidson following the witnesses’ statement at the scene.
Davidson was apprehended a short time later near the residence. Deputies say according to the witnesses, they believe Davidson and Mulkey were engaged in an argument when Mulkey was stabbed multiple times with a knife.
According to authorities, Davidson will only be eligible for parole after he serves the mandatory 85 percent of his sentence.