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'I am not guilty,' says female suspect in two-state crime spree

Published January 9, 2012 2:58 pm

Angela Hill calls alleged accomplice "evil" and insists, "This is not Bonnie and Clyde."
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Elko, Nev. • Angela Hill says she does not deserve to be here, behind a sheet of thick glass in the Elko County Jail, but for now she is thankful for its safety.

"I'm glad," the 25-year-old Mount Pleasant woman said. "I'm glad I'm here."

Hill has been locked up since last week, when a manhunt that began with the slaying of a Utah couple ended with the arrest of Hill and 24-year-old Logan McFarland in the northern Nevada desert.

"I was the one who waved to the [search] plane," she said. "I was so glad when the police came, because I probably would have been dead too."

In an interview Sunday with The Salt Lake Tribune, Hill — who also has gone by the name Angela Atwood — would not discuss the specifics of the two-state crime spree that police allege she and McFarland carried out. But the woman fought through tears at times as she denied her involvement.

"This is not Bonnie and Clyde," she said. "People are making me out to be an animal, and I'm not."

Hill said she had not seen McFarland, with whom she had attended school, for years until she visited a friend's home on the day of Dec. 31.

"I walked into the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.

Later that night, Leroy and Dorotha Ann Fullwood, ages 70 and 69, respectively, were found dead in their Mount Pleasant home. That same night, according to charges filed in a Nevada court, Rattana Lirange was shot in the head during an attempted carjacking in West Wendover, Nev.

Prosecutors have charged Hill with attempted homicide, alleging she was the one who shot and wounded Lirange, a claim that Hill denied Sunday.

"I was not the shooter," she said.

Hill's mother, Denise Atwood, has said her daughter was kidnapped by McFarland and was not a participant in the crime spree.

On Sunday, Hill said she did not know about the Fullwoods' deaths until after her arrest. She said she did not know the couple but was "devastated" by the news.

"My heart does go out to the family," she said as she began to cry. "I didn't have any clue until the detectives told me."

Hill on Sunday said she had been kidnapped "in a way," but would not elaborate. She said McFarland was using methamphetamine during the spree and had assaulted her, breaking her teeth with his fist, and threatened her life.

"He's evil," she said. "He's an evil person."

Hill said she has cooperated with police, providing DNA samples and speaking to detectives without her attorneys.

On Friday, the woman waived extradition to Utah, though no formal charges have been filed against her in Sanpete County and prosecutors have said they do not believe she was involved in the slayings.

"I don't have anything to be worried about over there," she said. "Why would I fight against that? ... I am going to plead my innocence. I am not guilty. The evidence will not lead to me."

McFarland, meanwhile, has said he plans to fight extradition back to Utah, where he has been charged with a felony count of burglary.

Last week, Sanpete County prosecutors filed charges against three other people in connection with the burglary of the Fullwoods' home.

Allison Boudreaux, 45, is charged with first-degree felony aggravated burglary of a dwelling; second-degree felony counts of obstructing justice, felon in possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen property; third-degree felony possession or use of a controlled substance; and class A misdemeanor tampering with evidence. She was held on $57,500 cash-only bail.

A search warrant states that Boudreaux owned the home where Logan McFarland attended a party the night of the killings. She also owned a Plymouth Breeze, which McFarland and Atwood asked to borrow that night, the warrant states.

Damien Malichi Flores, 20, is charged with multiple felonies for allegedly burning items taken from the couple's home. And McFarland's brother, 27-year-old Larry Dee McFarland, is charged with felony obstruction of justice and a misdemeanor count for allegedly altering a number or mark on a handgun.

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