PALMDALE (CBSLA) — An lawyer for the family of Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old Black man found hanging from a tree near Palmdale Metropolis Hall, said Friday there was no proof found to contradict the ruling that his lack of life was a suicide.
“I don’t have any proof to suggest that there was a hate crime, there could also be nothing to level threats, there’s nothing to level … foul play,” said Jamon Hicks, the lawyer for Fuller’s family.
Fuller’s family had an neutral autopsy carried out after his physique was returned to them.
“There have been no racist sentiments, no symbols or one thing inside the house, so we don’t have any knowledge to suggest that it was a hate crime,” Hicks added.
Hicks said he is nonetheless working to gather proof, along with any video that can have captured Fuller’s June 10 lack of life, with a view to present the family closure.
“I have to make it clear, I’m not anticipating that (one thing is) going to dramatically change, nevertheless in full thoroughness to the family, I instructed them I will uncover out every reply that I can uncover out,” Hicks said.
He said Fuller’s kinfolk weren’t acutely aware of his historic previous with psychological properly being factors earlier to his lack of life.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division reported Thursday that following an investigation, “the well being employee issued their closing autopsy report and delivered it to the Sheriff’s Division and deemed this case to be suicide.”
Investigators said the ruling acquired right here based on proof found on the scene and Fuller’s psychological properly being historic previous.
According to LASD Cmdr. Chris Marks, Fuller had purchased a rope, very similar to the one found, a month earlier to his lack of life.
“Detectives acknowledged a purchase order order from an space dollar tree retailer made on May 14, 2020 by which a crimson rope in keeping with the one used inside the hanging was purchased with the EBT card registered to Mr. Fuller,” Marks said.
“Detectives purchased an similar rope from that exact same retailer and delivered it to L.A. County crime lab for comparability to the rope found on the scene.”
The case drew outrage after some within the neighborhood questioned what they seen as a result of the Sheriff’s rushed to rule the lack of life a suicide.
Inside the early morning hours of June 10, 24-year-old Fuller was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale.
His lack of life occurred two weeks after the Minneapolis lack of lifetime of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests and after one different man was found hanging from a tree in Victorville.
Though some relations said Fuller didn’t have factors with psychological properly being, investigators said there was documented proof that said in every other case.
“Obtained from a hospital in Arizona was documented treatment in January of 2017 that Mr. Fuller was acknowledged for having auditory hallucinations by which it was reported that Mr. Fuller mentioned he wanted to put a gun to his head,” Marks said.
“In February of 2019, Mr. Fuller self-admitted to a California hospital. He was reportedly listening to voices telling himself to kill himself. In Nov. of 2019, Mr. Fuller was dealt with at a hospital in Nevada for suicidal ideation and melancholy. He disclosed he did have a plan to
kill himself then.”
Investigators moreover said there have been no surveillance cameras that confronted the park and no proof of anyone else being inside the house on the time.
All through the data conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva responded to questions regarding the credibility of his division.
“The overwhelming majority of most of the people trusts the Sheriff’s Division, and as you can see we full an investigation then we report on the outcomes. We don’t piecemeal it and we don’t decrease any corners,” he said.
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