Black death row prisoner executed despite trial juror claiming “that’s what that n****r deserved”

Kenneth Earl Fults, 47, was denied a stay of execution despite concerns that a juror at his trial was racially biased

nxCJXkHNsjpmdGT-1600x900-noPadA black death row prisoner has been executed, despite a juror at his trial claiming “that’s what that n****r deserved”.

Kenneth Earl Fults murdered his next-door neighbour, who begged for her life during a burglary in Georgia in 1996.

Kenneth Earl Fults, 47, was denied a stay of execution despite concerns that a juror at his trial was racially biased

A black death row prisoner has been executed, despite a juror at his trial claiming “that’s what that n****r deserved”.

Kenneth Earl Fults murdered his next-door neighbour, who begged for her life during a burglary in Georgia in 1996.

The 47-year-old was executed by lethal injection at died at 7.37pm local time on Tuesday at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia, Attorney General Sam Olens said.

fults-001It was the fourth execution in Georgia this year and the 12th in the United States.

Fults shot 19-year-old Cathy Bounds five times in the back of the head after breaking into her home in Spalding County.

Bounds begged for her life and offered Fults the rings off her fingers before he wrapped more than 6 feet of electrical tape around her head, forced her into a bedroom and placed her face down on her bed, where he shot her, court documents show.

The Georgia pardons and parole board denied Fults’ petition for clemency late on Monday.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to issue a stay of execution.

Kenneth-FultsIn the petition, which asked the board to commute Fults’ sentence to life without parole, his lawyers described the inmate as intellectually disabled and deeply remorseful.

It also asked the court to consider Fults’ claim the a juror during his trial was racially biased .

Juror Thomas Buffington reportedly wrote in a 2005 sworn affidavit: “I don’t know if (Fults) ever killed anybody, but that n***** got just what should have happened.

“Once he pled guilty, I knew I would vote for the death penalty because that’s what that n***** deserved.”

Buffington, who died in 2014, denies having any racial prejudices before he was allowed to serve on the jury, Sky News reported.

The petition described Fults, a former gang member, as “the kid who fell through the cracks,” with an alcoholic, drug-addicted mother who tried to abort him by drinking turpentine, an absent father and an abusive stepfather.

Three jurors who voted to give Fults the death sentence have expressed concern about the fairness of the punishment because they saw Fults’ attorney sleeping during the sentencing trial, according to the petition.

Fults pleaded guilty to charges of murder, burglary, kidnapping with bodily injury and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

A jury sentenced him to death in 1997.

Fults told police he shot Bounds by accident while in a “dream-like state,” but police found a letter in his trailer describing the killing in detail, court documents said.

The murder followed a week-long crime spree during which Fults tried to kill his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend with a handgun stolen in an earlier burglary, according to court documents.

Fults accepted a final prayer and offered no statement before his death, the state department of corrections said.

Credits: mirror.co.uk

 

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