UPDATE: Jermar Fuller found guilty of Capital Murder, life in prison without parole

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — UPDATE: After about four hours, a Wichita County jury has found Jermar Fuller guilty of Capital Murder.

Fuller is accused of shooting and killing 39-year-old Sammyh Rankin and 22-year-old David Phillips on October 10, 2016.

Police said according to a witness, Fuller went there to see Rob Rankin and was surprised to find Phillips in the house too, so he shot and killed both to not leave behind any witnesses.

In closing arguments the prosecution told jurors Fuller denied knowing the two murder victims though he had a text from his dad telling him the men were dead.

And they said jail phone recordings show he told someone to tell his girlfriend to get rid of everything.

Punishment was to begin Tuesday morning but apparently no witnesses were planned and the DA asked for life in prison without possibility of parole and Judge Jeff McKnight granted it.

There was no objection or argument from Fuller’s D.A.

The D.A said the death penalty was not sought because Fuller had no previous violent criminal convictions.


The jury began deliberating around 2:45 p.m.

In closing arguments the prosecution told jurors Fuller denied knowing the two murder victims though he had a text from his dad telling him that “Wedo” and “Lil’ Duke” were dead.

And they said jail phone recordings show he told someone to tell his girlfriend to get rid of everything.

Fuller’s public defender told jurors Fuller was not the man guilty of two murders.

He said six people had access to the crime scene and the only reason fuller fled to the Panhandle was because he knew he was high on drugs and had guns.


Prosecutors continue to call witnesses in the Jermar Fuller capital murder trial. The Department of Public Safety trooper who engaged in a high-speed chase with Fuller was called to the stand.

He said he clocked a red Toyota Corolla doing 97 MPH in a 75 MPH zone, and when he sped up to pull Fuller, he said Fuller tried to evade him by going into oncoming traffic before turning off onto a side road in Dalhart, Texas.

That’s when Fuller crashed his car, got out, and opened the trunk to grab a black duffle bag then ran away.

Once detained, the trooper said he found about $4,000 and clothes in the bag. Two pistols were found in the car, one of which was reported stolen out of Wichita County.

When Fuller was interviewed by authorities, Fuller claimed his father gave him $5,000 after winning a settlement in prison. Fuller’s father said he gave him roughly $2,000 for a place to live.

Fuller is accused of shooting and killing Sammy Rankin, 39, and David Phillips, 22, on Oct. 10, 2016, on North Third Street. A witness told police Fuller said he went there to rob Rankin and was surprised to find Phillips in the house, too, so he had to kill both because he did not want to leave behind any witnesses.

The trial is set to continue Friday, so stay with Texoma’s Homepage for the latest on this story.

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