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GUILTY: Felon Who Blasted Lake Elsinore Neighbor with Shotgun Convicted of Attempted Murder

After deliberating about a day, a Riverside jury found Kevin Ronald Fulkerson guilty in the April 9 shotgun attack on 59-year-old Steven Cook.

Kevin Ronald Fulkerson / Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Kevin Ronald Fulkerson / Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

An ex-con who shot and nearly killed his Lake Elsinore neighbor was convicted Tuesday of attempted murder and other charges.

After deliberating about a day, a Riverside jury found Kevin Ronald Fulkerson guilty in the April 9 shotgun attack on 59-year-old Steven Cook.

Along with the attempted murder count, jurors convicted Fulkerson, 52, of assault with a deadly weapon and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Ronald Taylor scheduled a sentencing hearing for Aug. 15. Fulkerson, who remains in custody without bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, faces more than 25 years in prison.

According to trial testimony, the confrontation between Fulkerson and Cook, who lived adjacent to one another in the 18100 block of Grand Avenue, was preceded by more than a week of conflict.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Strona played an audio recording of Fulkerson speaking with sheriff's Investigator Robert Cornett several hours after the defendant was arrested.

Fulkerson insisted during the interview that he was "the victim" and Cook was "trespassing" on his property. According to the defendant, Cook had been needling him and challenging him to fight nearly every time they had made eye contact.

Three days before the shooting, Cook summoned deputies to complain because the defendant had crossed his driveway without permission.

Tensions boiled over, Fulkerson said, when a drunken Cook came to his front door accusing the defendant of having his property.

Fulkerson, who has a leg injury and uses a cane for support, said he told Cook to leave him alone, at which point the defendant's girlfriend, Stacy Campeau, got involved, "screaming and yelling" at Cook to get away from the residence.

Cook postured as if about to get physical with Campeau, Fulkerson told Cornett, prompting the defendant to pick up a sawed-off shotgun from his living room table and open fire on the victim from roughly three feet away.

"I just lost it. I just flipped, man," Fulkerson says on the tape. "I just grabbed the gun and shot the guy."

After shooting Cook, the defendant struck him in the head with the butt- end of the compact rifle and told him to "Just die, mother (expletive)!", according to the prosecution.

Cook underwent surgery for a severe stomach wound and eventually made a full recovery.

According to court records, Fulkerson was convicted in 1991 in Ohio of voluntary manslaughter and served a 17-year prison sentence.

 

— City News Service. 

 


Jamie July 16, 2014 at 07:14 PM
He was not found guilty of attempted murder-- the verdict was guilty of attempted manslaughter (and assault with a deadly weapon.)
Ken Lewis July 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Jamie, What difference does it make? He's going bye bye for a long time. Most likely the rest of his life. The next time he is paroled it will be in a pine box. He has a violent history and learned nothing from the 17 years he served in the past. Glad to see him leave. We don't need people like him around these parts. I'm surprised he didn't get also charged with Felon in possession of a fire arm and a illegal one at that. And I hope his neighbor learned a lesson from this near encounter with death and learns to stop annoying people because the next time he may not be so lucky.
Jamie July 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM
I just thought "news" should include the actual facts.... I don't disagree with your view on the situation.
Anthony July 17, 2014 at 03:15 PM
This will be over turned on appeal!
kjl July 20, 2014 at 06:43 PM
Thats a big statement to make without the facts. Jury verdicts are difficult to overturn.

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