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Wilson man charged in woman's stabbing death

Posted February 24, 2009

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— A Wilson man was charged Tuesday in the stabbing death of a woman last summer, authorities said.

A pedestrian found the body of Roberta Ann Fulghum, 45, on July 29 in a ravine along Green Pond Road, between U.S. Highway 264 and Countryside Road north of Sims.

Fulghum had been stabbed multiple times in the chest, abdomen and left leg, according to an autopsy report. Her body had been in the ravine for several days before it was found, authorities said.

Deputies arrested Richard Wayne Sauls, 31, of 5011 Boswellville Road, early Tuesday and charged with murder in the case.

Wilson County Sheriff Wayne Gay said in a statement that forensic evidence found near Fulghum's body and elsewhere "was instrumental in making this arrest."

Authorities released no other information about the arrest, such as a possible motive for the slaying or exactly what led investigators to Sauls.

The Governor’s Office and local authorities offered rewards totaling $7,500 for information leading to an arrest, but it was unclear Tuesday whether any tips linked Sauls to the crime and would qualify for the reward.

Last summer, investigators wanted to question a middle-aged white man driving a red pickup truck, but it was unknown whether authorities ever located him or whether Sauls was that man.


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  • DaddysAngel27 Feb 25, 2009

    I am so thankful that this evil person has been caught! What kind of person can take another human being's life like that?!? Ann did NOT deserve this. Now may she rest in peace and her family have peace of mind and some closure knowing this person is behind bars. Ann was my dear friend. I love and miss her. Your in my heart forever Ann. You can finally rest now. God Bless Ann's family and the Wilson County Sheriff's Dept.!

  • DaddysAngel27 Feb 25, 2009

    This guy is GUILTY! Wilson done their job correctly and made sure that they had all there evidence proper. Forensics takes time in a case like this. GOD BLESS THE WILSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION!!!!!

  • DaddysAngel27 Feb 25, 2009

    I would like to see Saul's blog! Someone please post it here!

  • grnpnd7 Feb 24, 2009

    Hat's off to the Wilson County Sheriff's Dept. They are a great group of people and do a fantastic job. I am glad that I reside within Wilson County. As for reading Saul's blog, I would like to if someone would post a link to it. I cannot imagine what he was thinking. Ann, may you rest in peace. I am so sorry for the way you must have suffered.

  • all heart Feb 24, 2009

    He has a court date this Friday for a speeding ticket in Wilson.

  • aintbackingdwn Feb 24, 2009

    They'll give him a shave and a suite & tie and he'll pass for innocent just like Johnson.

  • Iworkforaliving Feb 24, 2009

    You would be surprised at what someone you think you know is capable of.

  • gimme a break Feb 24, 2009

    How many times do you think Ann pleaded for help?

  • rosebro99 Feb 24, 2009

    I have known this man for many years, and yes i was suprised. This man has asked for help many times, so dont pass judgement. innocent until proven guilty. just read his BLOG!

  • 93notch Feb 24, 2009

    All this talk about civil liberties as if there are not injustices out there.Just stop and think,do you honestly think it would have taken this long for an arrest to be made if the evidence had even appeared to point to a suspect of a different race.I don't know and can't say it would have but chances are as history has shown not.Maybe someone needs to speak up for this guy.It wouldn't have to be Barber maybe you should try it.He may need your help cause he may not be guilty.I feel for the victims family as well as the suspects family and truly hope justice will be served for all involved.