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Man Who Killed Neighbors Set for First Texas Execution in Months

by Jolie McCullough Oct. 5, 2016

Six months after the Texas death chamber held its latest execution, Barney Ronald Fuller Jr. is set to die Wednesday for the 2003 shooting deaths of his neighbors in rural East Texas.

 

If it occurs, Fuller's execution will break the longest gap between executions in Texas since 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court was considering the constitutionality of lethal injection. It will also mark the first time Houston County has put someone to death since the penalty was reinstated in the United States in 1976.

 

Fuller, 53, was sentenced to death for killing Annette and Nathan Copeland, his neighbors on the outskirts of Lovelady, a small town with around 600 residents at the time about 100 miles north of Houston. In the early morning of May 14, 2003, he fired into their home with an assault rifle before breaking in and killing them both with a pistol, according to court documents. Scissors-32x32.png

 

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