Chad Fulks Retracts Execution Request

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A man sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Marshall University Student Samantha Burns, and a South Carolina woman has again withdrawn a plea to drop his appeals and be executed.

On Monday a federal judge approved Chad Fulks request to reinstate his right to appeal.

Fulks also said in 2006 he didn't want to live, but later withdrew that request.

Fulks and Brandon Basham were convicted of kidnapping and murdering Burns and Alice Donovan back in 2002. Neither body has been found.

Both men are currently on death row at Federal Prison in Indiana.

Fulks recently directed a private search group to remains that are believed to be Donovan’s. DNA tests on those remains are pending.

Fulks is also trying to help searchers find Burns' body. That same group spent several days in Wayne County earlier his month conducting a similar search. The group hopes to return in the near future, but no date has been set.

Last month, Fulks lost a lawsuit claiming he was severely beaten while in a South Carolina jail.

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