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Fulgham death penalty case set for May 24 hearing

 

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JACKSON -- The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments May 24 in Kristi Fulgham''s appeal of her death sentence for her role in the slaying of her estranged husband. 

 

 

 

In court documents, her lawyers cited 38 possible errors in her 2006 trial. 

 

 

 

Fulgham, now 33, was convicted of capital murder in Oktibbeha County. She is being held at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. She is one of three women on Mississippi''s death row. 

 

 

 

Prosecutors said Joey Fulgham was shot once in the head while he slept in his home in May 2003. They claim Kristi Fulgham wanted money. 

 

 

 

Fulgham''s lawyers argued that Joey Fulgham had abused her and she suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome. 

 

 

 

Fulgham has also filed a post conviction petition in a separate case, which is before the state Court of Appeals. 

 

 

 

In 2006, Fulgham pleaded guilty in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court to attempted escape and furnishing an electronic device, a cell phone. 

 

 

 

According to court documents, she is not contesting the attempted escape charge. 

 

 

 

She is appealing her guilty plea to the charge related to the cell phone. She maintains in her appeal that the statute under which she was charged is unconstitutional. 

 

 

 

Fulgham was sentenced to four years in prison on the attempted escape charge and eight years in prison on the charge furnishing an electronic device. The sentences were to be served consecutively. 

 

 

 

The incident occurred in 2005. 

 

 

 

Authorities said an investigation led to Fulgham and two others. Fulgham was found with a cell phone and charger. 

 

 

 

Authorities said Fulgham had been slipped a cellular phone by one of the others and had used the phone to plan the escape attempt.

 

 

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