A Columbus man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his girlfriend in 2021 and leaving her overnight on Westerville Road in Blendon Township where she was run over by multiple vehicles.
Antoine P. Phillips, 34, had run away by the time the first driver hit 35-year-old Jamie Fulton along the 4300 block of Westerville Road in Blendon Township after dark on May 18, 2021, according to testimony and evidence submitted at his trial. month.
But a jury in Franklin County Common Pleas Court convicted Phillips on August 18 of murder and kidnapping. The jury found Phillips not guilty of a domestic violence charge. During the trial, there was some discussion about whether the couple lived together.
Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Holbrook sentenced Phillips to life in prison on Tuesday, with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
Surveillance video from a nearby company introduced during the trial – which is black and white and from a distance – shows Phillips beating Fulton. County prosecutors argued at trial that the video showed Phillips beating Fulton until she was unconscious and dragging her body into the roadway.
Phillips walked away and Fulton didn’t move as cars passed next to her in the lane before she was hit by the first of several vehicles about 45 seconds later, prosecutors said. Police responding to 911 calls found Fulton lying in the roadway and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Phillips was arrested the next day.
This article originally appeared in The Columbus Dispatch: A Columbus man faces life in prison over the death of his girlfriend