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Scott Brown, assistant Attorney General, who is prosecuting the first-degree murder case against Brian Fullhart, told the Howard County District Court jury Thursday that Fullhart killed his wife in February 2018 because he was angry.
The family of Zoanne 'Zoe" Fullhart exits a Howard County District Court courtroom Thursday during a break in the first-degree murder trial of Fullhart's husband, Brian Fullart, 35, seated near the window. Zoanne Fullhart was shot to death in February 2018 in Cresco.
Matthew Hoffey, defense attorney for murder defendant Brian Fullhart, 35, of Cresco, said in closing arguments Thursday that psychosis prevented Fullhart from having the intent to kill his wife, Zoanne, in February 2018.
Brian Fullhart, standing, demonstrates to an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent how he shot his wife, Zoanne Fullhart, 34, in February 2018 in Cresco. Brian Fullhart is standing trial in Howard County District Court for first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife.
Murder defendant Brian Fullhart, 35, testifies in his first-degree murder trial Wednesday in Howard County District Court in Cresco.
Brian Fullhart, 35, of Cresco, is led away from the Howard County Courthouse Thursday after he was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Zoanne Fullhart on Feb. 18, 2018.
Brian Fullhart, 35, of Cresco, center, is led away from the Howard County Courthouse in Cresco Thursday afternoon after being convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, Zoanne Fullhart, 34, on Feb. 18, 2018.
Jo Olson, in front in black, the mother of Zoanne Fullhart, 34, reacts to the verdict of Brian Fullhart in the killing of her daughter on Feb. 18, 2018. Fullhart faces life in prison after being convicted by first-degree murder.
Brian Fullhart, 35, at left, is shown in the moments after a Howard County jury convicted him Thursday of first-degree murder in the killing of his wife in 2018. At right is his attorney, Matthew Hoffey.
Jo Olson, in black, the mother of murder victim Zoanne Fullhart, reacts to her former son-in-law's conviction Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of Zoanne. A Howard County jury deliberated less than two hours before convicting him in her shooting death.
The courtroom gallery reacts to the first-degree murder conviction of Brian Fullhart, standing at far left, on Thursday in Howard County District Court in Cresco. Fullhart, 35, of Cresco, was convicted of killing his wife, Zoanne, in February 2018.
CRESCO – Brian Allen Fullhart in 2018 told investigators he was a murderer hours after he killed his wife in a Cresco mobile home.
On Thursday, jurors agreed with him, finding the 35-year-old guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Zoanne "Zoe" Fullhart after less than two hours of deliberation.
He now faces mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing will be at a later date.
Brian Fullhart, who spent most of the trial looking down or staring into a corner of the courtroom, stood quietly as the verdict was announced in Howard County District Court.
Family members embraced upon hearing the decision.
Prosecutors said Fullhart shot his wife in the head as she knelt because he was angry.
"He's angry at his wife. He thinks she's leaving him," Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments.
Authorities said Brian Fullhart made Zoanne "Zoe" Fullhart, 34, kneel and then put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger on the night of Feb. 28, 2018.
Trial began last week, and the issue before the jury is whether meth and mental illness prevented Brian Fullhart from being able to form the intent to kill.