Brandon Basham loses federal appeal

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A Kentucky man sentenced to death for carjacking and kidnapping a Galivants Ferry woman in 2002, lost his federal appeal that sought to overturn his convictions and death sentence.

Monday, Justices with the U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit issued their 66-page opinion  that Brandon Basham’s claims had no merit and a federal district court ruling denying his appeal was affirmed.

In 2002, Basham,33 was serving the final years of a felony forgery conviction sentence at the Hopkins County Detention Center in Kentucky.

In October of that year, Chad Fulks became Basham’s new cell mate. In early November, Fulks was charged with an additional (and serious) state offense, first degree abuse of a child aged twelve years or younger.

On November 4, 2002, Basham and Fulks escaped the detention center together by scaling a wall in the recreation area and leaving the area on foot.

That escape led to 17 day crime spree.

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ulks and
B
asham got the death sentence for the kidnap
ping
and murder
A
lice
D
onovan
, 44
.

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hey kidnapped
D
onovan from the
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onway
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almart parking lot in November of 2002.

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hrough information provided by Fulks
,
searchers found
D
onovan’s body in Horry County in
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anuary of 2009.

In December 2013, Fulks asked that his remaining appeals be stopped and said he was ready to accept an execution date once it is set.

His appeals were previously denied.

Basham and Fulks remain on death row.

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