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Aug 6, 2013 11:48 PM by Brian White

Suspects in elderly murder case extradited to Pima County Jail

UPDATE (Aug. 6): The three suspects charged with the murder of an elderly Tucson couple in their homes have been extradited to Tucson.

The three suspects, including a grandson of the murdered couple, were arrested in Tonopah, Las Vegas. They've been held in the Nye County Jail until now.

The grandson of Erskin and Mary Fulgham, 20-year-old Kyle Drattlo will be appearing in video court Tuesday night.

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TUCSON - Homicide detectives with Tucson Police have returned from Tonopah, Nevada where they have arrested 3 suspects charged with the murder of 87-year-old Erskin and 84-year-old Mary Fulgham.

Police say one of the suspects, 20-year-old Kyle Drattlo is a grandson of the victims.

The Fulgham's sedan was located in Tonopah with the three suspects inside, police said. That car has been returned to Tucson as evidence, Tucson Police spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke said.

The suspects are waiting for extradition from Tonopah to Tucson, Hawke said, noting that the Pima County Attorney will be handling their transfer.


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Three people have been arrested in the deaths of an elderly married couple in Tucson and one of the suspects reportedly is the victims' grandson.

Tucson police say the bodies of 87-year-old Erskin Fulgham and 84-year-old Mary Fulgham were discovered Tuesday in their midtown Tucson home and had obvious signs of trauma.

The couple's stolen vehicle was found Wednesday night in Nevada and three occupants were detained and interviewed before being arrested Thursday. Pima County authorities are working to extradite them.

Police say 20-year-old Kyle A. Drattlo, 20-year-old Christopher E. Terry and 21-year-old Brianna Harding each are being held on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder.

They're also facing charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, burglary, armed robbery and aggravated robbery.

Authorities say Drattlo is the Fulghams' grandson.

UPDATE (July 24, 5:27 p.m.): Law enforcement officers located the white Buick sedan that belonged to the Fulghams, who were murdered Monday night in their midtown home.

The 3 occupants of the vehicle were detained for questioning, Tucson Police spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke said, but they were not arrested. The investigation is still ungoing, Hawke added.


UPDATE (July 24, 10 a.m.): Police say that the elderly couple who were found dead Monday night had trauma consistent with homicide and that their vehicle was missing from the scene.

The victims are identitfied as 84-year-old Mary Fulgham and 87-year-old Erskin Fulgham. The couple had a 2004 white Buick sedan with a Arizona Veteran's license plate, Tucson Police spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke said in a release.

Erskin Fulgham was a World War II vet. Here he is on an Honor Flight to Washington.


TUCSON - A Tucson family is dealing with the violent deaths of two loved ones.

Their bodies were discovered Monday evening by a family member in the 46 hundred block of East North Street.

Homicide detectives are on-scene trying to piece together what happened.

The victims are a husband and wife in their eighties.

Police aren't being specific on how they were killed, but say the couple suffered obvious signs of trauma.

Neighbors describe North as a peaceful street. The red brick house, with the awning is now a crime scene.

Neighbor Malory McGurk says, "Well I'm shocked, and frankly scared."

"It's too close to home, I have two kids and a wife," said neighbor Eddie Cordova.

Those who live nearby were visibly upset.

"I could come home and walk into that," said Ken Kasborg, "It's sad, it's disturbing."

Police say for now, it's unclear when the violence occurred.

Sgt. Maria Hawke with the Tucson Police Department says, "It's very early. That is part of the investigation that's one of the things the detectives will be looking into, to determine who was the last person that saw this couple and how long they potentially would have been in the residence."

As for a possible suspect and motive, police are working to narrow down time frames.

"Anybody who may have had access to the home, anybody they may have had contact with and start narrowing down the list of possibilities from there," said Hawke.

Neighbors have a thoughtful message for the family of the deceased.

McGurk says, "I just wish their family the best, and our thoughts and prayers are with them."

Anyone with information, that could help police should call 911 or 88-crime.

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