Man facing death for SC murder wants execution

Alice Donovan (Source: The Donovan family)
Alice Donovan (Source: The Donovan family)
COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - The man convicted of killing a Galivants Ferry woman and a 19-year-old in West Virginia has asked to drop any remaining appeals and face an execution.

The Associated Press reports that court documents filed Tuesday reveal Brandon Basham sent the request to a federal court in Columbia late last week.

Basham had previously asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his death sentence following juror misconduct. Justices overturned the request without comment in June.

Basham, along with co-defendant Chadrick Fulks, were convicted of killing Alice Donovan, 44, of Galivants Ferry in 2002. The two escaped from a Kentucky jail and kidnapped the 44-year-old from a Walmart parking lot in Conway.

A January 2009 letter from Fulks led local law enforcement to an area off of Water Tower Road near Longs Bay Road, where a set of human remains were discovered. While initial testing couldn't confirm the identity of the remains, further DNA testing at the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification linked the findings to Donovan.

Basham and Fulks also pleaded guilty to federal carjacking charges that resulted in the death of Samantha Burns, 19. The Marshall student died during a two-week crime spree involving the duo in November 2002.

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