Brian Maurice Fuller, 56, the man who walked out of a Dallas County jail two years ago without making his $500,000 bond for allegedly stealing a $90,000 diamond ring, may have been arrested in East Texas based on an America’s Most Wanted television show two weeks ago, but his home and rental property are all in Wichita Falls, Texas, his hometown. News surfaced today he owns rental property across the Wichita Falls area.
According to an excellent article by Alyssa Johnston in the TimesRecord News newspaper today, Fuller owns 14 different properties in the Wichita Falls area valued at close to $1 million. America’s Most Wanted ran a profile of the native Wichitan Fuller on June 22.
Fuller’s home on Amherst Street in Wichita Falls, Texas, was searched by Sheriff David Duke and his deputies earlier in the investigation when they arrested him originally on the charges. While gold coins and another valuable wedding ring were found by deputies who dug up Fuller’s backyard, the $90,000 ring Fuller and his accomplice are accused of ripping off the finger of victim Jill Katz, now 56, has still not been found.
For her part victim Ms. Katz now says the ring itself does not seem as important as it once did. She has survived a series of surgeries since the traumatic incident in which she suffered a broken nose and chipped teeth when her head was beaten on the concrete parking lot of Wholesale Foods in North Dalls, Texas. She had been loading groceries from a grocery cart into her automobile when Fuller and a partner Timothy Eric Walters allegedly loomed out of the darkness and attacked her.
The January 25, 2010 crime of violence perpetrated against her has made justice a bigger goal for Ms. Katz than recovery of the ring which has been traced by law enforcement to a Houston jewelry store. However, the ring was no longer there when officers arrived to recover it.
Ms. Katz, a Highland Park resident, said her ring was 7.5 carats and pear-shaped. She has had to undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of the savage beating she took on the night when she thought she was going on a routine trip to the grocery store.
Fuller will remain in the Anderson County Jail (hopefully) until he is returned within 10 days to the same Dallas County Jail from whence he once departed. There is still controversy over his exit from the Dallas jail two years ago. One report is that a clerical error resulted in him being released on a miniscule $50,000 bond rather than the actual $500,000 bond actually set. Another report was that a second Dallas judge inadvertantly reduced his bond not realizing who he was. With his extensive real estate holdings in Wichita Falls, Texas, the lowered bond was easy for Fuller to make.
Ms. Katz said, “I don’t know who to blame (for his release from the Dallas County Jail). I just know it was wrong.”
Upon hearing of Fuller’s recapture Ms. Katz was reportedly ecstatic and relieved. She said it had been a lengthy trip. She described the night of violence as being a situation where it seemed like the beating was happening to another person. She then went into a phase when she went into a cocoon during the following months as she tried to let the mental scars heal.
It will be interesting to see what happens when the Wichitan is returned to the Dallas County Jail this time.
Back in Wichita Falls, his bail bondsman was reportedly also relieved Fuller was no longer running loose on his bond.
No trial date has yet been set for the mysterious Wichita Falls man whose home is in the upscale neighborhood of Sikes Estates Housing Addition in Wichita Falls.
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