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Justin Fuller Executed For Murder

A Tyler man was executed today for a brutal murder he committed nine years ago.  Justin Fuller, five days away from his 28th birthday, was given a lethal injection in Huntsville State Penitentiary today. Fuller and three others robbed, kidnapped, tortured and shot Donald Whittington III in 1997.  Whittington was 22 years old.

Fuller, the gunman, was the only defendant sentenced to death. Two of the other defendants received life sentences. Another received a 25-year-sentence.

Today, KLTV 7 News spoke exclusively to the victim's father following Fuller's execution.   Donald Whittington Junior said justice was not served today. He said that would only happen if he were to see his son again. He said the execution was too easy because Fuller "went to sleep". He did not suffer, as his son did.

Justin Fuller's mother, father and brother attended the execution, along with two friends and a spiritual adviser. They exited the building shortly after Fuller was pronounced dead, at 6:18 p.m.

Whittington's family left at around 6:35 p.m.  Whittington's father told KLTV 7 News after the execution, Fuller's death did not bring him any resolution. "I still didn't get my question answered, why?" said Whittington, Jr.   "It makes me say, 'I ain't got no more friends,' because friends is what did it. Not enemies, friends. Friends he took out to dinner two nights before they killed him.   What they did to my son was inhumane he didn't get no kind of chances to appeal it, or nothing, or get out of it. They just took him out there and did it.   He showed no remorse during court. He showed no remorse being injected."  

Before Fuller was injected, Fuller was asked if he wanted to make a statement. He said: "Yes, I do. I would like to tell my family thank you for your support, and my friends. And let everyone know that you must stay strong for each other. Take care of yourselves. That's it, Warden."

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.  ortega@kltv.com


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