Death row inmate asks to be spared because juror said, ‘That’s what the ni**er deserved’
Kenneth Fults is asking the Supreme Court to halt his execution.
…Fults, a black man, is scheduled to be executed Tuesday for murdering Cathy Bounds, a white woman, in 1997.
According to court documents, Fults forced his way inside Bounds’ home as part of a burglary. She begged for her life and offered up her jewelry, but Fults shot her five times in the back of the head anyway. Fults pled guilty and was sentenced to death.
One of the jurors who sentenced him to death, Thomas Buffington, wrote in a sworn affidavit after the trial that “I don’t know if [Fults] ever killed anybody, but that nigger got just what should have happened. Once he pled guilty, I knew I would vote for the death penalty because that’s what that nigger deserved.”
Before Buffington was allowed to serve as a juror, he was asked if he had any racial prejudices. He said no. He signed the affidavit in 2005 and has since passed away.