Originally created 08/03/02

Driver requests denial of bond



A Martinez man charged in the deaths of two Augusta-area women requested a Richmond County judge to deny him bond Friday.

With his head in his hands, David Wallace Fulcher sat and listened as his attorney, Victor Hawk, requested that Magistrate Court Judge H. Scott Allen send his client back to jail without bond.

"He is and will make every effort ... to make amends to these families," Mr. Hawk told the court. "He does not request bond at this time."

Judge Allen granted the request.

Earlier this week, Mr. Fulcher slammed his white GMC Sierra pickup into a car driven by 53-year-old Hattie Mae Umoh, of Hephzibah. Ms. Umoh was driving her 84-year-old aunt Daisy Oliver across town for a visit. The two women died instantly.

Funeral services for Ms. Oliver and Ms. Umoh will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Paine College chapel.

Family and friends of Ms. Oliver and Ms. Umoh filled the small courtroom Thursday and sat quietly while the judge read the list of charges against Mr. Fulcher.

Mr. Fulcher, 35, of the 1000 block of Stevens Creek Road, is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, following too closely, possessing an open container of alcohol and having no proof of insurance.

Mr. Fulcher has a history of offenses including a similar incident in May 1994. In that case, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, following too closely, possessing an open container and driving with a suspended license.

The 1994 accident came three years after Mr. Fulcher was given a year of probation and fined $260 for driving on a suspended license in a 1991 collision.

Reach Ashlee Griggs at (706) 823-3552 or ashlee.griggs@augustachronicle.com.