Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Father convicted of toddler's murder

By Enquirer Staff

        A 29-year-old Hamilton man was convicted Tuesday of aggravated murder and attempted rape in the March slaying of his 2-year-old daughter.

        A Butler County jury of seven men and five women found Christopher Fuller guilty during the second day of deliberations. The sentencing phase of Mr. Fuller's trial will begin Wednesday; he could face the death penalty.

        Randi Fuller, who was one month shy of her third birthday, died of suffocation, authorities said.

        Mr. Fuller had told police that he became angry during the afternoon of March 21 when Randi resisted his attempt to sexually assault her in their Hamilton house, according to trial testimony. He said he struck her twice in the chest.

        "We felt like it's a very appropriate verdict,'' Butler County Prosecutor Dan Gattermeyer said. "It's a very sad case any time a little child dies.''

For additional details on the trial and verdict, see Wednesday's Enquirer.

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