Two years ago, James Fulton Foster- a 38-year-old house painter- heard a judge sentence him to die in the electric chair.
Two years ago, James Fulton Foster- a 38-year-old house painter- heard a judge sentence him to die in the electric chair. Foster bowed his head and sobbed, again and again, "I didn't do it."
And a lot of people in Jefferson, Georgia, a county seat town 60 miles northeast of Atlanta--believed Foster--believed he was innocent of the robbery killing of Charles Drake, the merchant who ran this store. But Drake's widow said... Foster was the man. She said Foster and her husband fought-- and she had gotten a good look at him...and he was the man. So Foster sat in the death cell. And the electric chair waited. And sometimes he cried at his helplessness. Outside a grey-haired lawyer was working for Foster. James Horace Wood spent his own money--borrowed $2,000 more--worked literally in the dark when he couldn't pay his light bill. Wood saved Jim Foster from death once when it was only 14 days away.
If it checks--and everything indicates it will-- Jim Foster will be free to leave the jail with his wife and children. Mrs. Foster brought five of their seven children from Greer, South Carolina, yesterday--wanted to be near their husband and father until he can come home with them... Sheriff John Brooks is putting up Foster's family in an apartment in the jailhouse--and chances are good that the housepainter will be released on bond Wednesday.