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Former Alabama Cop Sentenced In Murder Of Woman, Attempted Murder Of Partner In 'Love Triangle Gone Wrong'
Alfreda Fluker, who was once a Birmingham police detective, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Kanisha Fuller and the attempted murder of Fluker's long-time boyfriend and fellow cop, Mario Theodore White.
A one-time Birmingham detective was handed a life sentence for the fatal shooting of a woman she’d caught having sex with her common-law husband and police partner, in whose attempted murder she was also charged.
A judge said on Monday that Alfreda Janapril Fluker, 42, will spend the rest of her life behind bars for the first-degree murder of Kanisha Necole Fuller, 43, and the attempted murder of Mario Theodore White in 2020, Fox News reported.
A jury convicted her in November in the deadly shooting. Prosecutors say her motive was that she caught White, who was both Fluker's police partner and the long-time boyfriend with whom she'd been living for four years, having an affair with Fuller.
Birmingham officers responded to a shot spotter call of multiple gunshots in Germania Park around 11:51 p.m. on April 10, 2020 and found Fuller suffering from gunshot wounds in an unmarked police car, according to a press release from the department and AL.com. She had sustained injuries to the leg, the arm and the head, and died in the hospital of the head wound.
In the car with her at the time was an off-duty detective, later identified as White, who was uninjured. White also reported the shooting.
Prosecutors say Fluker learned of her boyfriend's affair that day, followed him to the park and intentionally opened fire on White’s unmarked cruiser using her police-issued pistol. She ultimately fired 15 rounds into the car.
Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Eric Hamilton called Fuller’s murder “intentional, cold, calculated, exact.”
Fluker, on the other hand, testified that she'd had a fight with White around 10:00 p.m. that night, as he prepared to leave their home by showering, applying cologne and taking a Viagra. She claimed she'd tracked him to the park using a phone app and discovered him having sex in his unmarked police vehicle in which she also often rode, according to Al.com.
“They were having sex in the passenger’s seat in the work truck,’’ Fluker testified, according to the outlet. “She was on top of him, and they were having sex. All I could visualize was them having sex in that truck that I ride in every day.”
White claimed on the stand that he and Fuller were only talking when Fluker interrupted them. He testified there was no argument that proceeded the shooting, according to AL.com.
Fluker said she and White got in another argument, at the end of which she went back to her car to get her gun and White tried to leave the park.
“I pulled my weapon and I just started recklessly firing,’’ Fluker told the jury. “I wanted Mario to know to stop playing with me. I wanted him to respect me.”
According to Fluker, White reversed and drove back into the park with Fuller bleeding in the passenger seat, and the two continued their argument.
White testified that he drove to the park's exit after the shooting then lay in wait for the shooter, eventually getting out of the vehicle and arguing with Fluker.
She said she told White they needed to get Fuller to the hospital, but White claimed he didn't want to leave the woman's car there and that he didn't want Fuller "to talk."
Fluker claimed she leaned in and asked Fuller, "‘Baby girl, you OK?’" and Fuller nodded and coughed, so Fluker left and went to her mother's, where she was arrested the following day.
White claimed Fluker drove off after their argument and he then called 911 for the injured Fuller. He initially told first responders that "several Black males" committed the shooting, but ultimately told his colleagues it had been Fluker after other witnesses reported hearing a man and woman arguing after the shooting.
It took a jury less than an hour to convict Fluker, according to AL.com.
Fuller’s family welcomed the life sentence imposed on Fluker.
“No matter what your title is, you just can’t go around killing people," Fuller’s mother, Janice Andrews, told Birmingham CBS affiliate WIAT. "People got family.”
Andrews said her daughter’s absence in her life still feels surreal.
“It feels like I’ve been handed a script in a play,” she described. “They said, ‘Here, just take this. This is your life from now on and you have to deal with it.’”
“It’s not fair," she added.
Fluker was a 15-year veteran of the Birmingham Police Department at the time of her arrest. She’s been in custody at the Jefferson County Jail without bond since her arrest.