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JoAnn and Homer Staton Family Speaks About Fullbright Trial

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By Wspa Staff & Anderson Independent

Update: Jan. 29th, 2011

Seven On Your Side spoke with Wendy Stanton about the trial being over for Fullbright.

 “I FELT A WEIGHT; SOME WEIGHT HAD BEEN LIFTED OFF MY SHOULDERS BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT WAS NEVER ABOUT ME ANYMORE THIS WAS ABOUT MOM AND DAD.  THIS WAS THEIR DAY, THIS WAS THEIR JUSTICE, AND WE HAVE FOUGHT FOR TWO YEARS AND ALMOST THREE MONTHS FOR THIS TO HAPPEN.”

“I REMEMBER MOM AS BEAUFITUL, THAT FACE, AND DADDY HAD THE MOST WONDERFUL SMILE YOU’D EVER IMAGINE.  HE NEVER MET A STRANGER, NEITHER ONE OF THEM DID.  THEY CAN WALK INTO A STORE AND IT WOULD BE SOMEONE THEY DIDN’T KNOW AND THEY WOULD START TALKING TO THEM.  NEXT THING YOU KNOW HE WAS GIVING THEM A HUG, THEY WERE SHAKING HANDS, THEY WERE EXCHANGING PHONE NUMBERS… I MEAN HE NEVER MET ANYBODY HE DIDN’T LIKE, NEITHER ONE OF THEM DID.  THAT’S JUST THE KIND OF PARENTS THEY WERE.  THEY WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR YA, THEY NEVER LET ANYONE DOWN, AND THEY WOULD HAVE GIVEN YOU THE SHIRT OFF THEIR BACK.”

Updated: January 27, 2012 at 4:36 p.m.

A jury found Matthew Fullbright, 32, guilty on two counts of murder and two counts of armed robbery following a double murder trial in Anderson County.

The jury handed down its verdict Friday afternoon after the five-day trial.

He has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for murder and 30-years consecutive for the robberies.

Updated: January 27, 2012 at 1:28 p.m.

Jurors have started deliberations in the double murder trial of Matthew Fullbright since 11:25 a.m. Friday.

Closing arguments were given, when prosecutors urged jurors to find Fullbright guilty despite his attempts to say it was a conspiracy that linked him to the beating deaths of Homer and JoAnn Staton in October of 2009, according to the Anderson Independent.

Defense Attorney Scott Robinson said there was no leap of faith and no grand conspiracy needed to see that signatures on Fullbright's apparent written confession did not match.

Deliberations came after five days of trial.

Updated: January 26, 2012 at 5:20 p.m.

Closing arguments in the double murder trial of Matthew Fullbright are expected to begin Friday.

Fullbright took the stand in his own defense Thursday and denied his role in the murders of JoAnn and Homer Staton. According to our news coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail, Fullbright said that nearly all of the prosecution's case against him was false. 

The newspaper reports that Fullbright testified that he never saw written statements, apparently signed by him, in March 2010. "I never saw those statements," he said. "I never knew those statements existed. I was never given a copy."

During Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams cross examination of Fullbright, she accused him of lying.

"That officer is not telling the truth," Adams said. "Just like everybody in this case. Mr. Fullbright, you have asked this jury to believe that every single witness - including law enforcement, EMS, Ms. Kim and Mr. Larry at the Quick Stop - basically lied."

Fullbright's defense called additional witnesses, while Adams called a rebuttal witness. The defense rested its case and court was adjourned until Friday morning.

A spokesperson for the 10th Circuit Solicitor's Office said that the Judge will give the jury instructions for their deliberation after closing arguments are concluded.

Updated: January 26, 2012

Prosecutors and defense attorneys each stated their cases Wednesday in the murder trial of Matthew Fullbright.

According to our news coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail, prosecutors showed jurors a video of a 2009 hearing, shortly after Fullbright’s arrest, in which he tearfully asked the family of JoAnn and Homer Staton for forgiveness.

The newspaper reported that Defense attorney Scott Robinson said testimony by a state crime scene analyst Wednesday had showed that a hammer, which prosecutors say was used to bludgeon the Statons to death, did not match dents in the ceiling of the car where they were killed.

Judge Lawton McIntosh advised Fullbright, 32, of his rights after Robinson said his client may testify.

The newspaper reports that Fullbright allegedly signed written statements admitting that he was part of the killings but saying his neighbor Irving Ramiriz, 52, was the mastermind who carried out the murders. The statements are contested by Robinson, who said that investigators signed the apparent confessions themselves and did not properly give Fullbright his rights.

Several deputies have testified that the confessions are legitimate and investigators followed standard procedures.

Fullbright’s statements say Ramiriz’s planning was extensive and included plastic tarps, switching cars, burning evidence, wearing gloves and using a hammer instead of a gun.

To read more of the article from the Anderson Independent-Mail, click here: http://www.independentmail.com/news/2012/jan/25/jury-sees-video-fullbright-asking-forgiveness/

Updated: January 25, 2012 at 11:33 p.m.

Prosecutors continued their case in the murder trial of Matthew Fullbright. According to our news coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail, prosecutors brought out a drug dealer and got permission to show jurors a potentially devastating news video clip.

The newspaper reports that prosecutors also brought out a hammer they said was used to bash Homer and JoAnn Staton to death in October 2009. The hammer was found in a swamp after Fullbright directed deputies to the swamp and it was drained, according to testimony from a crime scene investigator.

Fullbright, 32, is accused of murdering and robbing the Statons. Irving Ramiriz, 52, is accused of the same crimes, plus a conspiracy count, and his case is pending.

Click here to read more of this article from the Anderson Independent-Mail.

Updated: January 25, 2012

The Matthew Fullbright trial will continue Tuesday in an Anderson County courtroom.  He is accused of killing Homoer and Joann Staton of Taylors and dumping their remains in the county. 

According to our coverage partners at the Anderson Independent Mail a jury has been seated and prosecutors say they have a confession from Fullbright.  Fullbright's lawyers say investigators wrote the statements rather than their client.

Click here for the full article from the Anderson Independent Mail

Updated: January 24, 2012

A Belton man charged in the deaths of a couple from Taylors is scheduled to go on trial Monday in Anderson County. 

Jury selection begins at 9 a.m. in the trial of Matthew Fullbright at the Anderson County Courthouse. 

He’s charged with two counts of armed robbery and murder, related to the deaths of Homer and JoAnn Staton in October of 2009. 

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says Fullbright and another man had a meeting in 2009 with the Statons, who were jewelry dealers and investigators believe the meeting was a diversion for a robbery. 

Investigators said at the time that Fullbright robbed the couple of money and jewelry before striking them both with a blunt object. 

The Honorable Lawton McIntosh presiding over the trial.

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