TALLAHASSEE – The death of Florida Highway Trooper Jimmy Fulford saved others, giving some comfort to his family as the execution of the man convicted of killing him approaches. Fulford died in February 1992 along Interstate 10 in Jefferson County when a booby-trapped package exploded during a routine traffic stop. The bomb was intended for a Marianna woman who lived in an apartment complex with her baby. Another woman and other children lived in the next unit over and the bomb was powerful enough that it would have blown out windows, doors and walls if it was detonated in an enclosed area, according to court records. “I’m sure there would have been a lot more people killed besides her,” said Tim Fulford, the trooper’s brother. “That is a comfort. He did die saving other people’s lives.” The man who built the bomb that killed Fulford is scheduled to die by injection on Wednesday, Feb 26th, 2014, exactly one year after the original execution date set in a process that has been held up by appeals. The time it’s taken for Paul Howell’s sentence to be carried out has been painful for Fulford’s family, especially having to be reminded of the circumstances as Howell’s lawyers successfully delayed the execution the past 12 months, Fulford’s brother said. “It’s something our family will never get over. This process is too long,” Fulford said. “Closure will never come. The only way that would happen is if my brother walked through the door and we both know that won’t happen.” Fulford is remembered as an excellent officer and strong family man. It was his dream to become a trooper when he was growing up in Madison County. He was first assigned to a troop in Bradenton, where he met his wife, Keith Ann. He eventually was assigned to patrol the area where he grew up and the couple was raising a son and a daughter in Monticello when Fulford died. He was 35. A prosecutor said Fulford's death likely saved many other lives. It also launched a multistate investigation that unraveled a major crack cocaine ring, resulting in the convictions of 28 people on federal drug charges including Paul Howell.
Paul Augustus Howell set to die.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com