Fullhart trial set for May 6, expected to last five days
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 3:27pm admin
Marcie Klomp ~ News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
CRESCO - Brian Allen Fullhart is set to go to trial for the murder of his wife, Zoanne Renee Fullhart. The trial will start May 6, 2019 at Howard County Courthouse and is expected to last five days.
Fullhart has been accused with Murder in the First Degree when he allegedly and with premeditation killed Zoanne Fullhart on March 1, 2018.
The original police report by Shannon Cox stated the defendant was accused of going armed with intent between 3-5 a.m. to 700 South Elm St., Lot 32 in Cresco. He did use that weapon without justification against the person of another and displayed such dangerous weapon while firing upon law enforcement.
On two separate occasions, Fullhart fired upon law enforcement with a compound bow, striking a police squad car at least once. He was ordered to exit the residence several times, but he refused to comply.
Police Chief Tim Ruroden also wrote a report stating at approximately 1:22 a.m. on March 1, a 911 call was received by Howard County Dispatch in reference to gun shots coming from the residence.
Law enforcement responded and spoke to a witness who stated Fullhart had a handgun in his possession. The witness heard an altercation between Fullhart and his wife, while they were inside the residence.
Officers attempted to make contact with the accused, and he told them he would “shoot their heads off.” Fullhart then barricaded himself inside the residence. He came out at approximately 6:45 a.m. and was taken into custody. He told law enforcement he had shot his wife in cold blood.
Witnesses who were inside the residence on the evening of Feb. 28 stated Fullhart was in the back room with Zoanne when they heard a shot, turned around and saw that Zoanne had been shot, and Fullhart was holding the gun.
Bail was set at one million dollars on March 2 by Joseph Haskovec, magistrate. At his arraignment, Fullhart entered a “not guilty” plea and waived the right to a speedy trial.
On June 13, Fullhart’s public defender, Matthew W. Hoffey, gave notice of his intent to assert the defense of diminished responsibility and/or intoxication at trial, which was originally set for Aug. 8, 2018.
The trial is now set for May 6 at 9 a.m. The pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 22 at 10:30 with John J. Bauercamper, District Court Judge for First Judicial District Court presiding.