JACKSON, GA (WALB) - An execution date for Kenneth Earl Fults has been set for April 12, 2016, for the 1996 murder of nineteen year old Cathy Bounds in Spalding County.
The state says that Fults went on a week-long crime spree as he tried to murder a man who was engaged in a relationship with his former girlfriend.
After a failed attempt at murdering his former girlfriend's new boyfriend with stolen handguns, Fults waited until his next-door neighbor left for work, Fults forced his way through the front door and attacked the man's wife, Cathy Bounds.
Mrs. Bounds begged for her life and offered Fults the rings on her fingers. Fults wrapped over six feet of electrical tape around her head, forced her into the bedroom, placed her face-down on her bed, placed a pillow over her head, and shot her five times in the back of the head.
A search of Fults' trailer home revealed a boastful letter he had written in gang code in which he described the murder. Confronted with this letter by law enforcement, Fults confessed to killing Mrs. Bounds but maintained that he had shot her by accident while in a dream-like state.
On May 19, 1997, Fults pled guilty to malice murder, felony murder, burglary, kidnapping with bodily injury and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
On May 22, 1997, following a sentencing trial, a jury recommended a death sentence for Fults. The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Fults' convictions and death sentence on June 11, 2001. The United States Supreme Court denied Fults' request to appeal on March 4, 2002.
Fults tried several times in courts to get out of his conviction and sentence.