The new attorneys for a federal death row inmate convicted of killing an Horry County woman presented arguments Monday for a new trial for their client.
The new defense team representing federal death row inmate Chadrick Fulks began presenting arguments in federal court in Columbia Monday asserting that Fulks deserves a new trial on the grounds that his original lawyers were ineffective and he would have fared better if his case would have gone to trial rather than pleading guilty. Fulks pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murdering Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry in 2002. Fulks and co-defendant Branden Basham were convicted of killing Donovan during a two-week crime spree after they escaped from a Kentucky jail in 2002. Fulks appeared at the hearings via video conferencing from federal death row in Terre Haute, Indiana. Information provided by Fulks led to the discovery of Donovan’s remains in July 2009 in a wooded area near the town of Longs.