Sentencing for Jerry Wayne Fuller of Portales in connection with the 2005 slayings of Odis and Doris Newman, an elderly Portales couple, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse.
In early October, Fuller pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping as well as one count of tampering with evidence, three counts of assault on a police officer and one count of aggravated burglary. In a plea agreement accepted by
Fuller, he would receive 127 years in prison for the crimes.
According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler the hearing will include statements from the family as well as the defendant, after which the judge is expected to officially sentence Fuller.
“Friends and family will get a chance to speak to the court and the defendant in this case,” Chandler said. “Anyone who would like to come and attend in support of the Newman family is welcome.”
Chandler said the Newman family has had an opportunity to work on their statements with victims’ advocates and several friends and family members are expected to speak during the hearing, which is scheduled for two hours.
Prosecutors have said Fuller and co-defendant Stanley Bedford, 43, forced their way into the Newmans’ home, beat Odis Newman, then bound the couple and placed them in the trunk of their car before setting it on fire. Prosecutors have said the Newmans probably died as a result of the fire.
Bedford is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and other felonies and faces a possible death sentence if convicted. He’s being held in RCDC awaiting trial.
Fuller was arrested March 8, 2005, after police found him at a North Main address in Portales. As Fuller exited a shed, police noticed he had a weapon — which turned out to be an air gun — and he refused to drop it on police orders. Police fired multiple rounds, wounding Fuller before he was placed under arrest.