DOC#: 850551 Black Male
Lake County Superior Court
Judge Richard W. Maroc
Prosecutor: Tom Jackson,
Defense: Cornell Collins, Daniel
L. Toomey, Hamilton Carmouche
Date of Murder: November 28,
Victim(s): Hal Fuller B/M/65
Margaret Fuller B/F/63 (Acquaintances of Townsend)
Method of Murder: stabbing with
a steak knife 10 times (Hal) and 9 times (Margaret)
Summary: The bodies of Hal and
Margaret Fuller were discovered in their home with multiple stab
wounds. Mr. Fuller's open wallet was found at his feet and a
serrated steak knife with blood was found in the driveway. The
Fuller's car was found abandoned two days later.
The girlfriends of Phillip McCollum and Johnny
Townsend gave statements that they had driven in a similar car with
McCollum and Townsend, that they had picked up a radio to sell, and
that Townsend had a cut hand. Bloody clothing was later recovered
from their residence.
Both Townsend and McCollum gave remarkably
similar statements to police. They said they went to the Fuller home
and talked for awhile. When Mr. Fuller started to use the phone,
Townsend stabbed him in the back. McCollum then started stabbing Mrs.
Fuller, who cried out "Please don't kill me." McCollum told her to
shut up and kept on stabbing her.
When Townsend asked for help with Mr. Fuller, he
stabbed him in the chest to finish him off. They found no money, but
took a radio, stole the Fuller's car, and fled.
Conviction: Murder, Felony-Murder
Sentencing: March 8, 1985 Death
Sentence (McCollum); Death Sentence (Townsend)
Aggravating Circumstances: b (1)
Robbery, 2 murders
Mitigating Circumstances: 18
years old and single at the time of the murder, no prior criminal
04-29-99 While appeal pending, parties entered
into agreement. Judge Richard W. Maroc modified sentence of both
McCollum and Townsend to 60 years consecutive on each count, for a
total sentence of 120 years.