Monday, March 22, 2010

Dad to stand trial in murder of "estranged" wife, her mother (Bakersfield, California)

Dad ROBERT DALE FULLER is to stand trial on 2 counts of murder and 6 counts of violating court orders to prevent domestic violence in the deaths of his "estranged" wife and her mother. The couple's two daughters, ages 5 and 8, were in the home at the time of the shootings, with the 8-year old being left with the task of reporting to the police the murder of two loved ones blasted by a .12-gauge shotgun.

We need to stop coddling the men who are guilty of this kind of gross violation of a protection order--8 times in the 11 days preceding the murder!--and keep them in jail.

Man to stand trial in killings of estranged wife, her mother
Last Updated Monday, Mar 22 2010 01:06 PM

A Bakersfield man who repeatedly violated court orders to stay away from his estranged wife was ordered Monday to stand trial on two counts of murder and six counts of violating court orders to prevent domestic violence in the Aug. 8 shotgun-shooting deaths of his estranged wife and her mother.

Robert Dale Fuller will be arraigned April 2 on those charges and two vandalism counts stemming from the deaths of Annette Sowders, 45, and Sharon Sue Canon, 69, at their home in the 200 block of South Plymouth Avenue in Oildale.

Deputies were summoned to the killings by a 2:25 a.m. call from an 8-year-old girl. She told deputies that the suspect was her father, Fuller. Her 5-year-old sister was also home when their mother and grandmother were slain, deputies reported.

Deputies have alleged that Fuller, 56, violated restraining orders to prevent domestic violence eight times in 11 days leading up to the killings.

He was arrested July 28 and then again Aug. 4, but both times he bailed out of jail and went back to harass Sowders, reports say. She reported on July 25 that he was slashing her tires and the kiddie pool.

The two women were killed with a .12-gauge shotgun, deputies said.