The death sentence of Michael Lee Fullwood was overturned today for the second time. Fullwood was sentenced to death in 1985 for the stabbing murder of Deidre Waters. That sentence was overturned by the United States Supreme Court along with others based on constitutional problems with the North Carolina death penalty system. Fullwood was again sentenced to death in 1994 for Waters' murder. This week, a Federal Judge overturned this death sentence because there was evidence that one of the jurors on the 1994 jury knew of Fullwood's previous death sentence. It is not clear from the article if Fullwood will be given another sentencing trial or if a judge will decide between life sentences. Either way, for now, Fullwood is off of death row.
Please keep Deidre Waters family in your thoughts as this turn of events has doubtless stirred up all of the feelings related to Deidre's murder all over again.
Death sentence overturned