A former Birmingham police detective on trial for capital murder says she was overcome with anger when she fired 15 rounds from her service weapon into a vehicle where she said her common-law partner had sex with another woman.
Alfreda Fluker, 42, is charged with the 2020 Germania Park murder of Kanisha Nicole Fuller, 43, and the attempted murder of Mario Theodore White, who was also a Birmingham police detective.
Police at the time called the fatal shooting the result of a “love triangle”.
“They had sex in the passenger seat in the work truck,” Fluker said Wednesday when she took the witness stand in her own defense. “She was on top of him and they were having sex.”
“All I could imagine was them having sex in this truck that I drive in every day,” Fluker said.
Fluker and White were partners in the Birmingham Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team.
They had also been romantically involved for several years when police said Fluker found White with Fuller in White’s town vehicle in the Birmingham park.
Fuller died at UAB Hospital shortly after the shooting. She left a teenage son.
Fuller’s family was in court this week. His mother, Janice Andrews, testified briefly on Wednesday. She sobbed when she said of Fuller, “She was murdered.
White was unharmed and later resigned from the department.
Fluker has remained in the Jefferson County jail without bond since her arrest on April 11, 2020. She was immediately fired from the police.
Testimony at the trial began on Tuesday. Prosecutors described Fluker as “intentional, cold, calculated, accurate.”
Fluker’s attorney, Erskine Mathis, said Fluker shot in the heat of the moment and was not trying to hurt or kill anyone.
A soft-spoken Fluker, mother of three, testified for about an hour on Wednesday.
She said White was the only partner she’s ever had on the force and said they had been living together since 2016 at White’s mother’s home after they started dating in 2015.
She said they were in an exclusive relationship.
Fluker said it was around 10 p.m. that Friday evening – April 10, 2020 – when she and White got into an argument because he was leaving their Birmingham home late at night.
White, Fluker said, took a shower, took a Viagra pill, then put on some cologne as he prepared to leave. He told her that he was going to his cousin’s house in the Bessemer region.
“Me and him had a verbal altercation about it and it turned into a physical altercation,” she said.
“He pushed me onto the dresser, held me against the dresser with his arm at my throat and threw me against a wall.”
He then left and Fluker got into his vehicle and began tracking his whereabouts on a tracking app on his phone. She said White went to his cousin’s house but only stayed about 15 minutes.
She continued to follow him, which eventually led her to Germania Park, west of town.
Fluker testified that she did not know Fuller. White, she said, had previously asked her to put Fuller’s name on a law enforcement database to see if she had any outstanding warrants, which Fuller said she had. do.
At one point, she said, a woman walked past their house one morning and although Fluker said she didn’t recognize the woman, she found it odd.
“She looked really, really tough. I didn’t know if she recognized the police truck. Did we take her to jail, or her husband or someone else? said Fluker.
“It was the way she looked, it made me feel uncomfortable.”
Fluker took a photo of the woman’s car tag and ran it through the law enforcement database. She then realized it was Fuller – the same woman White had asked her to check out before.
She asked White about Fuller, and he told Fluker he was her friend.
On the night of the shooting, Fluker said she parked in the park and saw White and Fuller’s vehicles parked side by side. She got out of her vehicle and slipped between the two SUVs.
“It looked like they were talking between the vehicles. His vehicle’s driving window was fully rolled down,” she said.
Instead, Fluker said she saw them having sex. White, in his testimony earlier Wednesday, said he and Fuller were just talking.
Fluker said Fuller then said, “What is the (expletive)? Who is that (expletive)?
“I had a verbal altercation at the time with Mario, like, ‘You’re a (expletive) liar. Is that what you do?'” Fluker said.
She said White pushed her to the ground and “kicked her butt out” of the park.
“I went to my truck, pulled out my gun, and just started shooting recklessly,” Fluker said.
She said she wasn’t trying to kill anyone. “I wanted Mario to know he had to stop playing with me. I wanted him to respect me,” she said.
Fluker said White left the park, but then reversed his truck and drove back.
“At this point I know he’s also a policeman and carries his gun like everyone else, so I’m afraid he’ll start shooting at me,” she said.
“I’m standing there. It’s like there are weights on my feet. I didn’t really know what to do.
She said White raised her hand, telling her to “come here.”
“I got out of the vehicle again and the gun was still in my hand,” Fluker said. “Mario snatched the gun away and we had a verbal altercation. He was upset and said, ‘How (expletive) did you know where I was?’
She said he threw her to the ground again and into the truck.
“When I got up off the floor, he was already in the passenger side door, the door was already open and he was trying to pull his pants up,” Fluker said. “So he and I got back to it.”
Fluker said she told White they had to take Fuller to the hospital. “He says, ‘No, I can’t leave his truck in the park,'” she said.
Fluker said she then told White she was going to take Fuller to the hospital. “He pushes me to the floor again and says, ‘No, she can’t talk. “”
Fluker said she leaned over to the driver’s side of the girl and spoke to Fuller. “I said, ‘Little girl, are you okay?’ She was coughing and she was shaking her head “yeah.”
She said she then left and did not call anyone for help. She went to her mother’s home where she was taken into custody the next morning.
Fluker said she spoke to White after the shooting and he told her he loved her. She said he is now a police officer at a local college.
Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Eric Hamilton cross-examined Fluker at length, walking her step-by-step through her firearms training since joining the force in 2005.
“You know very well the danger of using a handgun, don’t you?” Hamilton asked, to which Fluker replied, “Yes sir.”
“You don’t want to use deadly force if you don’t have to?” Hamilton asked, and Fluker replied, “No.”
Hamilton asked Fluker if she murdered Fuller.
“Did I pull the trigger? Fluker replied, “Yes, sir.”
Fluker again stated that she did not want to hurt or kill anyone.
“I wasn’t targeting anyone,” she said. “I was shooting at a distance of about 100 to 150 meters.”
Fluker said she couldn’t say she knew right from wrong at the time. “I was overwhelmed,” she said.
Hamilton then said, “You didn’t fire once, did you?” You didn’t fire twice, did you? Three? Did you stop at four? Did you stop at 5? Are you still angry? You stop at 6? Are you still mad?… You were mad when you shot number 9? Were you angry when you shot number 10? Were you still mad when you shot No. 11? Still mad when you fired in the 12th round? Were you still mad when you shot No. 13? Were you still mad when you shot No. 14? Still angry when you shot No. 15? »
Hamilton then displayed a picture of Fuller from the morgue on the courtroom screen.
“Is this the result of your anger?” asked Hamilton.
“Yes sir,” Fluker said.
Closing arguments in the case are expected to take place on Thursday, and then the jury will begin their deliberations. The jury should be able to consider charges of capital murder, murder or manslaughter.