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Samantha Burns case timeline

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Samantha Burns


Nov. 4, 2002: Chadrick Fulks and L. Brandon Basham break out of a Hopkins County, Ky., jail, where the two were cellmates. Fulks, 25, was serving time for credit card fraud and facing a robbery charge. Bashman, 19, was serving time for forgery.

Nov. 6, 2002: The two are suspected of abducting James Hawkins, 42, of Hanson, Ky., stealing his vehicle and strapping him to a tree in rural southern Indiana.

Nov. 11, 2002: Marshall University student Samantha Burns disappears from the Huntington area.

Nov. 14, 2002: Alice Donovan, 44, of Galivants Ferry, S.C., vanishes from a Walmart parking lot in Conway, S.C.

Nov. 17, 2002: Basham arrested after authorities said he tried to hijack a car from a woman and her daughter at the Ashland (Ky.) Town Center mall.

Nov. 20, 2002: Fulks arrested in northern Indiana near Goshen. Fulks and Basham soon become suspects in the abductions of both Donovan and Burns.

May 7, 2004: Fulks pleads guilty in relation to Donovan's case. The court later convenes a jury in Columbia, S.C., that sentenced him to death.

Sept. 30, 2004: Federal jury in South Carolina finds Basham guilty of kidnapping and killing Donovan. Basham also sentenced to death.

June 30, 2005: Fulks pleads guilty to carjacking resulting in the death of Burns.

July 25, 2005: Basham pleads guilty to carjacking resulting in the death of Burns.

March 2006: Fulks withdraws a request to expedite his execution.

September 2008: Fulks waives his right to appeal and asks court to expedite execution.

October 2008: Fulks writes The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, S.C. He offers with 100 percent certainty to find the victims' remains. He also claims drug use contributed to actions during the crime spree.

Jan. 25, 2009: The Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons finds a woman's remains in Horry County, S.C., based upon information provided by Fulks about Donovan's remains. DNA tests eventually confirmed that the remains were Donovan, and her family conducted services for her in November 2009.

February 2009: The Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons receives information from Fulks regarding Burns' remains. A search was later conducted at a ravine near Lavalette in September 2009, but nothing was found.

March 27, 2013: FBI agents and West Virginia State Police begin to search an area in Wayne County near the train tracks at the intersection of Buffalo Creek Road and W.Va. 75 near Spring Valley.

March 29, 2013: Investigators find nothing and conclude search.



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