- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - A 57-year-old East Texas man convicted of fatally shooting his neighbors 13 years ago has received an execution date.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says the agency has received court documents setting inmate Barney Fuller for lethal injection Oct. 5.

Fuller, from Lovelady in Houston County, was convicted of killing his neighbors, 43-year-old Nathan Copeland and his 39-year-old wife, Annette, in May 2003. Their then 14-year-old son also was wounded in the gunfire but a 10-year-old daughter escaped injury.

At the time, Fuller was awaiting trial on charges of making a terroristic threat against the couple two years earlier. He was arrested at his home after a nearly nine-hour standoff with police.

He’s among at least seven Texas prisoners with executions set for the next few months.



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