Kristi Fulgham appeals death case

JACKSON – Kristi Leigh Fulgham asks the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out her murder conviction and vacate her death sentence.
In December 2006, a Union County jury in an Oktibbeha County trial convicted her in the death of her husband, Joey Fulgham. He was shot once in the head while he slept in their Longview community home the night of May 11, 2003.
She was accused of capital murder, which is murder committed during another crime, in this case, robbery.
Attorneys for Fulgham, 32, filed her 217-page appeal late Thursday. They cite 38 claims that her case should be reviewed.
Meanwhile, she is a maximum-security inmate at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility near Whitfield.
Her appeal seeks to convince the court sufficient errors were made during her Starkville trial that the justices should reverse her conviction or, at least, grant her a new sentencing hearing.
In a related case, her half-brother, Tyler Edmonds of West Point, was acquitted of the murder in November 2008 during a new trial ordered because of errors in his 2004 trial. Arrested when he was 13, he had been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Circuit Judge James Kitchens of Columbus presided over the first Edmonds trial. Fulgham’s judge was Lee J. Howard.
Numerous legal steps are ahead before the Mississippi Supreme Court considers whether to take up Fulgham’s appeal. The court must make a decision within 270 days of her reply brief, which is due Sept. 2.
Among Fulgham’s claims for a hearing are:
– The trial court’s denial of testimony by a social worker, who would have told the jury about Fulgham’s upbringing of abuse and emotional traumas.
– Denial of a mistrial after a juror received a Bible during the sentencing hearing.
– Refusal to include numerous defense jury instructions.
– Inclusion of prejudicial hearsay evidence.
Her attorneys also insist the court was wrong to convene jurors from Union County, rather than somewhere outside the region’s media coverage of the crime.

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