Sentencing Date Set in Contract Killing of Michigan Library Clerk

Sentencing Date Set in Contract Killing
of Michigan Library Clerk

A Florida woman faces a mandatory life sentence without parole for her role in the contract killing of Orion Township (Mich.) Public Library clerk Martha Gail Fulton. The 48-year-old woman was shot to death as she left the library October 4, 1999.

Donna Kay Trapani, 48, showed no visible reaction when, after five hours of deliberation, an Oakland County Circuit Court jury found her guilty December 12 of aiding and abetting first-degree murder and conspiracy to murder in Fulton’s shooting death. In an apparent four-person conspiracy, prosecutors said Trapani wanted to continue her two-year affair with Fulton’s husband, George, and after several failed attempts hired the gunman, Kevin Ouellette, a long-haul trucker from Florida. He was convicted of first-degree murder October 17 and sentenced to life in prison.

Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton said in the December 13 Oakland Press, “I think Mrs. Fulton represented everything she (Trapani) was not—a kind person, a devoted mother, and extremely outgoing.”

Two other defendants in the case have also been convicted and await sentencing. Trapani will be sentenced January 9.

Posted December 18, 2000.