Friday, September 08, 2000

Accused killer of daughter, 2, faces rape trial

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Christopher Fuller, who is charged with killing his 2-year-old daughter, will have a separate trial for charges that he raped her.

Christopher Fuller
Christopher Fuller
        Judge Matthew Crehan of Butler County Common Pleas Court ruled Thursday that Mr. Fuller's trial on murder and felonious assault charges will not include two counts of rape and one count of attempted rape.

        Presenting the rape charges at the murder trial could prejudice the jury against Mr. Fuller and prevent him from receiving a fair trial on the murder and felonious assault charges, Judge Crehan said.

        If the rape charges were supported by other evidence besides Mr. Fuller's confession, they could be handled at the murder trial, he said. The prosecutors have said they have no medical evidence of rape.

        Mr. Fuller's attorneys filed the motion to separate the rape charges from the others. The murder trial is scheduled to begin Monday.

        Mr. Fuller, 29, of Hamilton, was arrested March 21 after his daughter, Brandi, died from blows to her chest.

        After almost three hours of questioning, he told police that he became angry when Brandi refused his attempts to sexually assault her. He said he struck her in the chest twice with an open palm.

        When she stopped breathing, he took her to a grocery store next to his apartment building and asked for help.

        He also told police that he had sexually molested her on two other occasions.

        But on Wednesday, Mr. Fuller testified at a court hearing that his confession was false. He said he told police he hit and sexually assaulted Brandi so that the police detectives would leave him alone.


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