Fulgham arrested, held without bond
by Chance Wright
Oct 30, 2012 | 14046 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rodney Shelton Fulgham, 23, is escorted, while shackled at the wrist and ankles, into the Bolivar County Justice Court for his initial appearance before a judge on Tuesday. Fulgham has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Shelby Harmon that occurred on Oct. 20.
Rodney Shelton Fulgham, 23, is escorted, while shackled at the wrist and ankles, into the Bolivar County Justice Court for his initial appearance before a judge on Tuesday. Fulgham has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Shelby Harmon that occurred on Oct. 20.
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A Bolivar County man has been arrested and charged with felony vehicular homicide in connection with an incident that occurred on Oct. 20 near the Bolivar-Washington County line and took the life of 20-year old Shelby Harmon of Cleveland.

Rodney Shelton Fulgham, 23, with addresses listed in Cleveland and Shaw, was taken into custody late Monday afternoon.

He was booked into the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility before appearing before Honorable Judge Harold Ward Sr. in Bolivar County Justice Court this morning for his initial appearance.

"It is my understanding that you are currently out on a previous felony bond for burglary," said Ward. "Since that is the case, you are remanded to custody with no bail."

Agents from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department were all actively involved in the investigation.

“Our agents, deputies of the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department, MHP’s crash reconstructionists and forensic scientists of the Mississippi Crime Laboratory have worked tirelessly to reach this point of the investigation,” MBI Director Lt. Col. Larry Waggoner said in a press release from his office on Monday.

“Investigators working closely with the district attorney and after presenting evidence and test results from the lab, an arrest warrant was issued and Fulgham was taken into custody.”

According to the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department's dispatch log, a call came into the department at approximately 6:10 a.m. on Oct. 20 by a woman traveling north on U.S. Highway 61 saying she had hit an object in the road and thought that it was a body.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene and immediately contacted the Mississippi Highway Patrol. In the meantime, the department received numerous other calls about the incident, including one from Fulgham.

Sgt. Mike Mullins of the Mississippi Highway Patrol said that when he arrived on the scene it was apparent that multiple different vehicles struck Harmon, including that of her boyfriend, Fulgham.

The ensuing investigation was to determine which blow had killed Harmon as well as how the incident transpired.

Fulgham was initially taken into custody and questioned. There was also some concern that he had violated his parole from a previous crime. However, after questioning and a series of tests, he was released from custody the next day.

The Bolivar Commercial will continue to cover this case as it unfolds.