Samantha Burns Killer in Court Wednesday, Suing Sheriff

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Thursday Afternoon
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge has removed a South Carolina sheriff from a lawsuit by a death row inmate suing over his treatment while in jail.

The judge ruled Thursday that attorneys for Chadrick Fulks failed to prove he was kept in inhumane conditions while at the jail run by Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.

The federal lawsuit against four of Metts' deputies will continue.

Fulks says he was beaten in 2003 while awaiting transfer to another jail.

Fulks testified Thursday via video teleconference from federal death row in Terre Haute, Ind., that he thought the brutal beating was never going to end.

Fulks and co-defendant Brandon Basham face the death penalty for killing Alice Donovan during a two-week crime spree after escaping from a Kentucky jail.

UPDATE: Wednesday Afternoon

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Attorneys for Chad Fulks say deputies brutally beat him while he was being held at a Lexington County jail.

Chris Mills told jurors Wednesday that deputies in 2003 kicked Chadrick Fulks so hard that his tailbone cracked.

Mills spoke during Fulks' federal trial against Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.

Fulks says four of Metts' deputies beat him. Attorneys for Metts and the deputies say the officers had to restrain Fulks so he wouldn't hurt them or himself.

ORIGINAL STORY:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A man on federal death row for kidnapping and killing Samantha Burns and a South Carolina woman is about to reverse roles in a courtroom.

Opening arguments are expected Wednesday in Chadrick Fulks' federal lawsuit against Lexington County Sheriff James Metts. Fulks says officers at the Lexington County jail beat him when he was arrested in 2002.

Fulks and co-defendant Brandon Basham are facing the death penalty for kidnapping and murdering Alice Donovan during a two-week, 2,300-mile crime spree.

Both men also pleaded guilty in West Virginia in the death of Marshall University student Samantha Burns. Burns was from Lincoln County.

Neither woman's body has been found. Authorities are waiting on results from DNA tests performed on remains found last month about 15 miles from where Donovan disappeared.


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