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Deadly Wives: Kristi Leigh Fulgham killed her husband, Joseph T. “Joey” Fulgham, to collect the insurance money

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Joey Fulgham
Joseph T. “Joey” Fulgham

Find-A-Grave: Joseph Thomas “Joey” Fulgham
Kristi Leigh Fulgham » Fulgham sentenced to death
Kristi Leigh Fulgham v State of Mississippi 2010
Court Overturns Fulgham Death Sentence
Kristi Fulgham re-sentenced to life in prison without parole
Shedding his past: Tyler Edmonds starts fresh with tobacco shop
Cleared murder defendant looks toward future
Murderpedia: Kristi Leigh Fulgham
Kristi Fulgham appeals death case
Court Overturns Fulgham Death Sentence
Kristi Leigh Fulgham v State of Mississippi 2010
Fulgham sentenced to life in prison
Oktibbeha woman resentenced to life without parole for murder
Murderpedia: Kristi Leigh Fulgham
Cleared murder defendant looks toward future

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: Southern Helle
Snapped: Kristi Fulgham

Defendants
Tyler Edmonds – convicted, then the convicted was overturned; Acquitted at retrial
Kristi Fulgham – convicted of capital murder, sentenced to death; Her sentenced was overturned and she was then sentenced to LWOP

Tyler Edmonds
Tyler Edmonds

INMATE INFORMATION

Kristi Leigh Fulgham

MDOC# 117337
Name: KRISTI FULGHAM
Race WHITE
Sex FEMALE
Date of Birth 8/27/1976
Height 5′ 4”
Weight 155
Complexion FAIR
Build MEDIUM
Eye Color HAZEL
Hair Color BROWN
Entry Date 1/26/2006
Location CMCF
Unit CMCF QB
Location Change Date 5/23/2014 10:34:20 AM
Number of Sentences 3
Total Length LIFE

Offense 1
ESCAPE-JAIL (ATTEMPT)
Sentence Length 1 4 YEARS
County of Conviction 1 OKTIBBEHA
Sentence Date 1

Offense 2
POSS CONTRABAND IN PRISON
Sentence Length 2 8 YEARS
County of Conviction 2 OKTIBBEHA
Sentence Date 2

Offense 3
CAPITAL MURDER
Sentence Length 3 LIFE
County of Conviction 3 OKTIBBEHA

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Psycho For Love: Michael Blane Dowda killed his girlfriend, Clarissa Lynn Jarrett, after she planned to go to a concert with her sister; Sentenced to life in prison

dvawareness3From Michael Dowda’s appeal:

On November 12, 1996, Michael Blane Dowda was working in Orlando, Florida when he received a message that his girlfriend, Clarissa Lynn Jarrett, was going to a concert with her sister in Gulf Shores, Alabama.   Dowda apparently drove non-stop from Orlando to the home he shared with Jarrett in Mississippi.   Prior to leaving Florida, however, he obtained a .380 semi-automatic handgun.   He arrived in Mississippi at approximately two o’clock in the morning on November 13, 1996.   Jarrett arrived home some four hours later.

Dowda confronted Jarrett concerning her whereabouts and an argument ensued.   Dowda then threatened to kill himself with the gun.   Dowda did not kill himself, but instead removed the clip from the gun, placed the gun in the closet and resumed arguing with Jarrett.   At some point in the argument Jarrett admitted to having sexual relations with other men.   Dowda then took the gun from the closet, pressed the gun tightly against Jarrett’s head and pulled the trigger, killing her instantly.   Dowda apparently believed the gun to be unloaded because he had removed the clip from the gun.   Instead, one bullet had remained in the chamber ready to be fired.

Dowda then buried Jarrett’s body in a shallow grave near a hotel in Harrison County.   He fled Mississippi several days later after he became the prime suspect in the police investigation.   Dowda surfaced in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February 1997, when the woman he was living with at the time contacted the Las Vegas police.   She was concerned because she had found several notes written by Dowda indicating that he was wanted for murder in Mississippi.   The Las Vegas police confirmed that there was an outstanding warrant for grand larceny for Dowda.   The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department also indicated to the Las Vegas police that Dowda was also wanted for questioning over Jarrett’s disappearance.

The Las Vegas police executed the arrest warrant and took Dowda into custody.   He gave a statement to the Las Vegas police admitting to his role in Jarrett’s death and directed the police to where her body was buried.   Dowda was returned to Mississippi where he was indicted for murder.   Dowda waived his right to a jury trial, opting for a bench trial.   Following the trial, Dowda was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Michael Blane Dowda v State of Mississippi 2000 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Family of victim in shock: Escaped killer on the lam
Michael Dowda, Mississippi prison escapee, captured in Georgia
‘Dangerous’ Mississippi escapee captured in Georgia
http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2012/09/escaped_killer_michael_dowda_c.html

Movies/Documentaries
Nightmare Next Door: Bloodshed in Biloxi

INMATE INFORMATION

Michael Dowda

MDOC# R7390
Name: MICHAEL DOWDA
Race WHITE
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 9/11/1964
Height 5′ 11”
Weight 195
Complexion FAIR
Build LARGE
Eye Color BROWN
Hair Color BROWN
Entry Date 1/28/1999
Location SMCI
Unit SMCI 1
Location Change Date 4/9/2014 7:28:03 PM
Number of Sentences 1
Total Length LIFE

Offense 1
HOMICIDE/MURDER
Sentence Length 1 LIFE
County of Conviction 1 HARRISON
Sentence Date 1

Edward Byrom, Sr. murder 6/4/1999 Luka, MS *Who killed Edward Byrom – his wife Michelle Byrom or son Edward Byrom, Jr?

An Innocent Woman? Michelle Byrom vs. Mississippi
Michelle Byrom v Christopher Epps 2013 habeas corpus (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murderpedia: Michelle Byrom
Miss. moves to execute its 1st female prisoner since 1944
Woman scheduled to be executed in Mississippi tomorrow – even through her son has confessed to the crime FOUR times
Why Does Mississippi Want to Execute Michelle Byrom?
Motion for leave to file successive petition for post-conviction relief (overturns conviction and sentence)
Michelle Byrom Gets Stunning Sentencing Reversal
Mississippi death row inmate Michelle Byrom to get new trial
TV series focuses on Iuka murder

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Snapped: Michelle Byrom

Defendants
Joey Gillis – pled guilty to accessory, sentenced to 25 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, released on parole
Edward Byrom, Jr – pled guilty to conspiracy, sentenced to 50 years in prison with 20 years suspended, released on parole
Michelle Byrom – convicted, sentenced to death; conviction overturned, pled no contest, sentenced to 20 years in prison – 4 years suspended, time served; released 6/26/2015 [Mind you, Michelle was in the hospital when Edward Sr. was killed, and her son even confessed to it]

INMATE INFORMATION

EdwardByromJr parole

MDOC# K7064
Name: EDWARD BYROM
Race WHITE
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 12/15/1979
Height 5′ 9”
Weight 160
Complexion FAIR
Build MEDIUM
Eye Color BROWN
Hair Color BROWN
Entry Date 6/21/2001
Location PANOLA ERS
Unit PANOLA ERS
Location Change Date 1/30/2014 7:58:18 AM
Number of Sentences 3
Total Length 30 YEARS

Offense 1
CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A CRIME
Sentence Length 1 20 YEARS
County of Conviction 1 TISHOMINGO
Sentence Date 1

Offense 2

GRAND LARCENY
Sentence Length 2 5 YEARS
County of Conviction 2 TISHOMINGO
Sentence Date 2

Offense 3

BURGLARY-RESIDENTIAL (ACCESSORY BEFORE THE FACT)
Sentence Length 3 5 YEARS
County of Conviction 3 TISHOMINGO
Sentence Date 3
Tentative Release 5/22/2017

PAROLE INFORMATION

Offender ID:K7064
Date of Birth:12/15/1979
Age: 34
Race: White
Gender: Male
Custody Status: Unsupervised Custody
Date: 03/06/2014
Reason:Earned release supervision
Scheduled Release Date: 05/22/2017

INMATE INFORMATION

Michelle Byrom

MDOC# K4686
Name: MICHELLE BYROM
Race WHITE
Sex FEMALE
Date of Birth 11/3/1956
Height 5′ 5”
Weight 240
Complexion FAIR
Build LARGE
Eye Color BROWN
Hair Color BLACK
Entry Date 11/18/2000
Location CMCF
Unit CMCF WMN MAX
Location Change Date 12/29/2010 9:26:05 AM
Number of Sentences 1
Total Length DEATH

Offense 1
CAPITAL MURDER
Sentence Length 1 DEATH
County of Conviction 1 TISHOMINGO
Sentence Date 1

Stacie Dianne Pannell murder 10/08/1985 Booneville, MS *College suitemate, Stephanie Lynn Alexander (Louden) convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 20 years in prison*

Stacie PannellTaken from Stephanie Alexander’s appeal:

In the early morning hours of October 8, 1985, the body of eighteen-year-old freshman Stacey Dianne Pannell was found in her dormitory room at Northeast Mississippi Junior College in Booneville, Mississippi. Pannell’s body was discovered by her roommate, Amy Wheeler. Wheeler arrived at her dormitory room and discovered that the door was locked and that Pannell did not answer her knocks. Since she didn’t have her key with her, Wheeler knocked on the door of the next room where Alexander lived. Alexander sleepily answered Wheeler’s knocks and let her into the room so that Wheeler could pass through the adjoining bathroom of the two rooms and get into her own dormitory room. Upon entering her own dormitory room, Wheeler saw Pannell’s partially nude body on a bed. Wheeler approached the bed with Alexander a few inches behind her. Even in the dim light, Wheeler saw blood on the pillow and Pannell’s panties pulled down around the knees of both legs. Upset, Wheeler ran out of the room through her own door and into the hallway in order to get help.

Another resident of the dormitory, Belinda Posey, went to check on Pannell at Wheeler’s request. Posey found Pannell’s door locked again and had to enter through Alexander’s room. After seeing Pannell’s body, Posey left to find the “dorm mother”.
When the “dorm mother”, Edna Snyder, went to check on Pannell, she found Pannell’s door locked and got a security guard to unlock it for her. Snyder found Pannel’s body with the panties around the calf of only one leg.

Investigators documented the scene. Pannell was lying with her back on the bed. She had her left leg resting on the bed and right foot resting on the floor. She was partially covered with bed linens and was nude from the waist down. A pair of panties was pulled down around her lower left leg. A pillow had been placed over her head. Pannell had severe injuries to the left side of her head and there was a great amount of blood on her head and on the pillow next to her head. There were blood splatters throughout the room on the walls and ceiling and as far away as nine (9) feet from the body of Pannell. A drill rifle was lying on the floor with a towel wrapped around the barrel end. There was blood on the stock or handle of the drill rifle. A hole, 8-10 inches long and 8-10 inches wide, had been cut out of the window screen.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol hunted almost a year for Pannell’s killer.1 About 15 different investigators worked on the case. The detectives called in Steve Rhoads, the police chief of East Hazel Crest, Illinois, who often lectured at seminars for law enforcement personnel about a special interrogation technique known as Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Rhoads questioned those around the crime scene. On September 18, 1986, Rhoads questioned Stephanie Lynn Alexander, a suitemate of Pannell. She confessed. Alexander signed three statements confessing to the killing of Pannell. She signed one statement on September 18, 1986. She signed another statement on September 19 while in the Union County Sheriff’s Office in New Albany, Mississippi, giving additional information. While being kept in the Lee County Jail on September 21, she signed a third statement similar to the first two.

The Lie
Jury finds woman guilty
Stephanie Lynn Alexander v State of Mississippi 1993
On the Case’ recaps co-ed’s 1985 murder – and her life

Movies/Documentaries
On The Case With Paula Zahn: Evidence of Deception

Sue Richardson murder 2/20/2014 Ridgeland, MS *Michael Hughes Richardson charged with her murder*

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Sue Richardson
Sue Richardson

I have read in some places that he is her son, then other places that he is her grandson.

Sue Richardson Remembered
Grandson arrested in death of elderly Ridgeland woman
Man charged in Ridgeland slaying has choice words for 16 WAPT reporter
Man charged with murder of 91-year-old disabled woman in jail with no bond

Michael Richardson
Michael Richardson

Parents Gone Wild! Tommy Raines and his wife, Amanda, are charged with capital murder for the death of 11-year-old Tyler Raines, who weighed only 56 pounds when he died

Say NO to Child Abuse

Tyler Raines
Tyler Raines

Family members fear 11-year-old found dead was abused
Family Says Horn Lake Boy Was “Tortured To Death”
Child’s death nets arrests
Child’s Father, Stepmother Arrested In His Death
Abused & Killed: 11-Year-Old Weighed 56 Pounds
Mother Expressed Concern Before Child’s Murder

Tommy and Amanda Raines
Tommy and Amanda Raines

Deadly Wives: Stephanie K. Stephens killed her husband, Dr. David Stephens, for his insurance money

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Dr David Stephens
Dr. David Stephens

The Other Woman
Prosecutor Presents the Stevens Murder Case to the Grand Jury
Stephanie Stevens Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Her Husband
Closing Arguments Monday in Stephanie Stephens Trial
Who is the Victim?
Wikibin: Stephanie Stephens
Stephanie K. Stephens v State of Mississippi 2005 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Stephanie Stephens Dies of Double Pneumonia
Stephens battled chronic health problems
Murderpedia: Stephanie K. Stephens

Movies/Documentaries
corned: Love Kills: Bedside Manner
48 Hours: The Other Woman
Snapped: Stephanie Stephens
American Justice: The Doctor’s Wife

Stephanie Stephens
Stephanie Stephens

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