A man who is currently in the Stone County Jail awaiting trial on fraud charges now has four additional felony charges lodged against him.
Michael Shane Fullerton has been in the Stone County Jail since Jan. 31 of this year on financial identity fraud and has not presented cash or surety sufficient for his release on a $30,000 bail, according to Stone County Sheriff Lance Bonds.
While in custody, two Stone County Investigators, Brad Breeding and Sean Hickman, intercepted phone conversations between Fullerton and a co-conspirator. Through those conversations, investigators identified four additional felony charges.
The first charge is conspiracy to intimidate a witness or witness tampering in which the co-conspirator allegedly said, “…the charge about a vehicle being stolen will be dropped.” The prosecuting attorney’s office later received an affidavit from the attorney of the same witness recanting the stolen nature of the vehicle.
The second charge, solicitation to commit murder, came when the defendant allegedly urged the co-conspirator to “…work your magic, be cold and tactfully kill her.” The last two charges made against Fullerton are solicitation to commit abuse of the public trust and conspiracy for witness tampering
Those charges were formally filed against Michael Shane Fullerton in Stone County Circuit Court by Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer’s office.
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