Barney Ronald Fuller, Jr. is set to be put to death tonight, October 5th, 2016 in Texas.
Barney Fuller had a propensity for firing guns. He apparently shot up his neighbors (Annette & Nathan Copeland’s) electric transformer and they had an ongoing dispute about the situation. It escalated even further when Mr. Fuller then threatened Annette via phone saying “Happy New Year, I’m going to kill you.” After receiving the information from the court that he was being charged with terroristic threats, he began drinking. On May 14, 2003, he went over to the Copeland’s home and fired around 60 rounds into their backdoor. He then made his way into the house where he found Nathan and Annette in the master bedroom. He shot Mr. Copeland 4 times. Nathan Copeland died from the first shot from the head but the three other wounds would have also been fatal. Annette called 911 from the phone and then was shot three times in the head. Fuller then went after the Copeland’s two children. Cody, the 15 year old son, was shot at 3 times but escaped with shoulder wounds. Fuller tried to 11 year old Courtney but he could not find her since it was dark in the living room. The house land line was dead, once Cody found his mothers mobile phone, they called 911 and then Courtney called her grandparents and they arrived before the police did. Fuller himself contacted authorities and said he would surrender. He then barricaded himself in his home for many hours until a SWAT team was able to extract him.
He is set to be executed at 6pm.