FBI agents took the unusual step of temporarily letting a federal death row inmate out of his cell so he could help with the search for the body of one of the two women he killed. Chadrick Evan Fulks, 36, was taken from the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., to West Virginia in March to help with the search for the remains of 19-year-old Samantha Nicole Burns, according to a sealed order obtained by the AP. In a letter to the AP, Fulks confirmed his role in the search for the Marshall University student last seen in 2002. He said he showed agents the area where Burns was buried—during his and fellow inmate Brandon Basham's 17-day crime spree after escaping a western Kentucky jail—because he feels remorse for the slayings.
The two-page order signed by US District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington, W.Va., allowed the FBI to take custody of Fulks for 18 hours between March 25 and April 12. Federal and state investigators conducted a search for Burns' remains in a rural area near where Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio meet. It was unclear how close authorities were to finding Burns' remains this week or what became of the search in March. Fulks and the 32-year-old Basham were sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing 44-year-old Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry, SC, in December 2002 during their crime spree. (Read more death row stories.)