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Matthew Eric Wrinkles - Indiana Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Friday 11 December 2009, 10:00
End : Friday 11 December 2009, 10:00

Matthew Eric Wrinkles - Indiana Death Row - Execution set for December 11, 2009


Victims: Debbie Wrinkles W/F/31 (Wife); Tony Fulkerson W/M/28 (Brother of Debbie); Natalie Fulkerson W/F/26 (Wife of Tony)

The Crime: After continuous marital problems with her husband Matthew Wrinkles, Debbie moved out of the house with their two children, going to live with Debbie's brother, Tony, and his wife, Natalie, on Tremont Drive in Evansville. Twice in the past Wrinkles had threatened Debbie with a gun. Soon after, Wrinkles filed for divorce. His mother was concerned about his behavior and had him committed. After three days of evaluation, he was released. In the next two weeks, despite a Protective Order in effect, Wrinkles went looking for Debbie. He showed up at her place of employment, and at the homes of two of her friends, dressed up in camouflage demanding to see her. He was unsuccessful each time. On July 20, 1994 Wrinkles, Debbie and their attorneys met for a provisional hearing in their divorce proceeding. They reached an agreement to set aside the Protective Order, and for Wrinkles to have visitation. They also agreed for Debbie to meet Wrinkles with the kids at a restaurant later that day. Debbie decided not to show up for the meeting. Later that night, Wrinkles again dressed up in camouflage and drove to the home of Tony Fulkerson, where Debbie and the kids were staying. He parked a block away, cut the telephone wires, and kicked in the back door. He was armed with a .357 handgun and a knife. When he was finished, Natalie was dead on the front porch with a gunshot wound to her face; Tony was dead in the bedroom with four gunshot wounds, to his face, hip, chest, and back; Debbie was dead in the hallway with a gunshot wound to her chest/shoulder area. One of the children, Lindsay Wrinkles saw her father shoot her mother, then open her shirt and attempt CPR. Lindsay told him she was going to call police, and he fled from the house. Wrinkles was later arrested at the home of his cousin, where the .357 murder weapon was recovered.

News: Wrinkles executed for murdering wife, 2 others

Anti-death penalty group holds vigil outside Indiana jail

By Chris Keller

Posted: Friday, December 11, 2009 12:05 am

MICHIGAN CITY | With no last-minute appeals to save his life, convicted triple-murderer Matthew Eric Wrinkles died by lethal injection at 12:39 a.m. today.

Before his execution, Wrinkles spent the last hours with members of the clergy.

Outside Wrinkles' cell, and beyond the prison walls and past the gates, the Duneland Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty set up shop in the parking lot of Indiana's death row -- the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

With temperatures already in the teens, members of the group braved the wind with signs, drums and a public address system to protest what they see as an inhumane punishment. After the injection, four people remained outside the jail awaiting word of Wrinkle's death.

The 49-year-old received a fatal combination of sodium pentathol, procurium bromide and potassium chloride, which caused him to fall asleep, paralyzed his lungs and stopped his heart. He is Indiana's 92nd inmate to be put to death, and the first in more than two years.

Wrinkles was sentenced to death row after a Vanderburgh County jury convicted him of the 1994 killings of his estranged wife, her brother and her sister-in-law: 31-year-old Debra Wrinkles, 28-year-old Tony Fulkerson and 26-year-old Natalie Fulkerson.

Wrinkles ate his "last meal" Tuesday: prime rib with a loaded baked potato, pork chops with steak fries and two salads with ranch dressing and rolls. In the hours leading up to the execution, Wrinkles was allowed to visit with family and friends.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, he was taken to a holding cell, where he met with a spiritual adviser and made phone calls.

Outside the jail, the Duneland Coalition held candles and lights, and one by one they stood behind the microphone offering their beliefs.

One of the group's members, Chesterton resident Marti Pizzini, said she has been coming to execution-night vigils for about 17 years.

A social worker, nurse and teacher, Pizzini calmly and systematically recites arguments against capital punishment, from both a moral and a pragmatic perspective.

"There's a lot of things we can do to stop crime and spending $1 million to put someone to death isn't one of them," Pizzini said. "We do a disservice to think the world is safer because we killed a killer."

Frank Lennon, 65, of Hammond, read a passage from Bible and said he had found that it makes sense to learn something about the condemned before coming to a protest.

"If nothing else, it gives me a little passion," he said.

State law provides for the condemned to have five friends or family members present for the execution, and for the victims to have eight members of the immediate family present.

Indiana Department of Correction spokeswoman Pamela James said the exact number of witnesses present, and their identities, are withheld per state law.

Attorney Joe Cleary has said Wrinkles had invited two spiritual advisers to witness his death but wasn't sure whether any family members would be present.

Deacon Malcolm Lunsford, of Merrillville's SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and the Rev. Thomas McNally, of the Congregation of Holy Cross in South Bend, this week told The Times they will administer Wrinkles' final sacraments.

Mary Winnecke, the 65-year-old mother of Natalie Fulkerson, told The Associated Press she planned to attend a prayer vigil at her church in Evansville, and would not be at the prison. Mae McIntire, the 79-year-old adoptive mother of Debra Wrinkles, had planned to attend the execution but had heart surgery in April and now plans to stay home.

While Winnecke has been able to find some measure of forgiveness, and led a letter-writing campaign to Gov. Mitch Daniels pleading for clemency for her daughter's killer, McIntire has not.

"It's just sad that my daughter had met somebody like him when she was such a good person," she said. "I don't like to see nobody die, but when they do something like he did, I don't see why he should live."

Wrinkles' death is Indiana's first since June 2007, when the state executed Michael Lambert after a 1991 conviction for fatally shooting Muncie police Officer Gregg Winters in the back of the head.

Indiana has 16 prisoners on death row, and all but one are housed at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

Debra Denise Brown, who was convicted in 1986 of killing a 7-year-old in Gary, remains housed in Ohio and sentenced to death in Indiana, which lacks facilities for female death row inmates.

Last Meal:
Prime rib with a loaded baked potato, pork chops with steak fries, rolls and two salads with ranch dressing.

Final Statement: When asked for his final words, Wrinkles said: ďNot at this time, letís get it done. Letís lock and load. Itís plagiarized, but what the hell.Ē

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