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Second Trial Underway For Former Detective Charged With 'Intentional, Cold, Calculated' Murder
Prosecutors say Alfreda Fluker fired 15 rounds into a police-issued vehicle after finding her romantic partner - also a detective - in an Alabama park with his alleged paramour. The defense, however, says, "she didn't intend to kill anybody."
The second capital murder trial is underway for a former detective caught in what police called a “love triangle gone wrong.”
Alfreda Janapril Fluker, 42, stands accused of the 2020 fatal shooting of Kanisha Nicole Fuller, 43, who was believed to be having an affair with Fluker’s romantic partner, Mario Theodore White, according to AL.com. White — who was present but uninjured in the shooting — and the defendant were former detectives with the Birmingham Police Department in Alabama, once partners in the Crime Reduction Unit.
Prosecutors say that on April 10, 2020, at around 11:50 p.m, Fluker allegedly learned of Fuller and White’s year-long affair after finding the pair in Germania Park in Birmingham, sitting in White’s city-issued, unmarked vehicle.
Fluker allegedly opened fire — using her police-issued handgun — firing 15 rounds into the car, according to AL.com. Fuller was transported to an area hospital but succumbed to her injuries a short time later.
In his opening statements on Tuesday, Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Eric Hamilton referred to the acronym, “ICE,” according to the Alabama outlet.
“Intentional, cold, calculated, [and] exact,” said Hamilton. “A killer, that’s what she is.”
But Fluker’s defense attorney, Erskine Mathis, disputed Hamilton’s claims, alleging that his client acted in the “heat of passion” when she allegedly saw White and Fuller in a compromising position in the car’s front seat.
Mathis argues that such a motive constitutes manslaughter as opposed to capital murder.
“She didn’t intend to hit anybody. She didn’t intend to kill anybody,” said Mathis. “She was extremely reckless and foolish in what she did, but she was absolutely outraged that he would do her this way. For a short time, she didn’t know what was going on.”
Mathis gave Fluker’s version of events, in which Fluker drove to the park and opened fire, though “she thought she was shooting high,” according to AL.com.
“When it was over, she goes down there to see if anybody was hurt,” Mathis stated. “Mario knocks her to the ground and takes her pistol, which she hasn’t seen since.”
ADA Hamilton noted in his statements that not only was Fluker’s police-issued firearm never recovered, but neither was her city-issued computer, police radio, nor her own electronics.
However, the prosecution’s version of events differed, and, according to Hamilton, it will be supported by the 911 calls made by on-scene witnesses expected to be played in court.
Hamilton stated White and Fuller saw headlights approaching their car before 15 gunshots rang out, striking Fuller in the arm, thigh and head, AL.com reported. Hamilton alleged White drove toward the park’s only access road and waited for the shooter to catch up.
“He is waiting for whoever just did this shooting while the victim lay in the front seat dying,” Hamilton stated.
Fluker allegedly did catch up, and soon, she and White faced off outside their vehicles, catching the attention of bystanders. Fluker later fled the scene.
White initially told responding officers from the Birmingham Police Department that “several Black males” were behind the shooting because, according to Hamilton, “he was trying to cover for her.”
White eventually told police Fluker was behind the shooting, prompting the department to bring in the State Bureau of Investigation.
“Birmingham homicide talked to Mario, and they found something they already knew but didn’t want to believe - that somebody they know could be that cold, that callous,” Hamilton counted.
White was never charged in connection with the investigation and later submitted his resignation.
The murder trial is the second for Fluker, whose first ended in a surprising mistrial in September. According to AL.com, the judge cited a potential juror’s “inappropriate conduct,” never elaborating on what “mishaps” led to the decision.
“Kanisha will never speak on this side of Heaven again,” Hamilton said in Tuesday’s opening arguments. “Kanisha can’t speak, but I speak for her. Today is the day of accountability.”
Jail records reviewed by Oxygen.com show Fluker remains at the Jefferson County Jail without bond.