Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Slain girl's mom unleashes fury

Killer ex-husband also guilty of raping toddler

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — The mother of a slain toddler gave an emotional statement in court Tuesday as her ex-husband, convicted killer Christopher J. Fuller, was sentenced to three more life terms for raping their little girl.

        Weeping throughout the several minutes she spoke, Jessica Fuller said, “He killed and violated her, and he gets to stand there and keep breathing - and she doesn't get to do anything. ... There's not a reason in the world he should be breathing.

        “She didn't deserve this.”

        Mr. Fuller, 31, pleaded no contest to three counts of rape Tuesday in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

        The charges stem from attacks on his daughter, Randi, who died in March 2000.

        Mr. Fuller was convicted in September of aggravated murder in her death.

        In October, the jury recommended the death penalty, but in a decision that stunned prosecutors, Judge Matthew Crehan gave Mr. Fuller a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

        Mr. Fuller said nothing in court Tuesday.

        As Ms. Fuller spoke from the witness stand, Mr. Fuller stood before Judge Crehan and gave no visible reaction.

        “He stands there like ice ... and this was his own flesh and blood,” she said.

        Several among the nine Butler County Jail inmates seated in the courtroom waiting for their cases to be heard appeared disturbed by Ms. Fuller's remarks.

        The prisoners covered their mouths and shook their heads when they heard a prosecutor recount Mr. Fuller's statement to a police officer.

        Mr. Fuller reportedly told police he knew he had hurt the little girl “real bad” during one of the assaults and he had stopped because he didn't want to hurt her.

        “She loved him. She trusted him,” Ms. Fuller said, adding she couldn't comprehend why or how Mr. Fuller could commit such acts against his daughter.

        “Every night I still hear her screams,” Ms. Fuller said.

        “I'm sorry but I can't forgive him and I can't forget.”


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