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Jury finds Fuller guilty in fatal beating

December 7, 2001

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— A Franklin County jury Thursday found a Johnson County man guilty in the beating of an elderly couple, but it wasn't the verdict of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder sought by prosecutors.

Raymond Fuller was found guilty of two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of aggravated burglary.

Fuller, 24, had initially been charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 1, 2000, fatal beating of Vivian Johnson, 85, rural Ottawa, and attempted first-degree murder in the beating of her husband, Howard Johnson, then 84.

The six-man, six-woman jury deliberated more than eight hours in two days before rendering its verdict at 11:30 a.m. Thursday to Franklin County District Court Judge James Smith.

Fuller's alleged accomplice in the incident, Joseph Hayden, 18, also of Johnson County, goes on trial Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated burglary.

Prior to the start of deliberations Wednesday morning, the jury was instructed on other, alternate charges they could consider in deciding Fuller's fate.

Among the evidence jurors had to consider was testimony from a Franklin County Sheriff's detective who said Fuller told him in two different interviews that Hayden killed Vivian Johnson.

In one interview Fuller said he stayed outside in his pickup truck while Hayden went inside. In another, he said he saw the shadow of Hayden beating Vivian Johnson.

Fuller was scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Jan. 8.

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