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Teen-ager Guilty of Murder in Girlfriend’s Stabbing Death

October 23, 1992 GMT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) _ A teen-ager who fatally stabbed his 14-year-old girlfriend after learning she had gone to the beach with other boys was convicted Friday of first-degree murder.

Jamie Fuller, who was 16 when the crime was committed last year, was tried as an adult. He faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

After a seven-day trial, jurors deliberated more than six hours over two days before rejecting defense claims that Fuller was driven to kill by his abuse of steroids and alcohol.

Fuller, 17, of Beverly, was charged in the Aug. 23, 1991, death of Amy Carnevale. Prosecutors said he went into a jealous rage after learning that the girl, a popular Beverly High School cheerleader, had gone to a beach in Gloucester with other boys several days before.

After the verdict was announced, some of the girl’s relatives read statements in court.

″I’ll never dance with my little girl again,″ said her father, Michael Carnevale.

Fuller, who didn’t testify, showed no reaction to the verdict.

″There’s no words to explain how sorry I am,″ he had said earlier in an interview with WHDH-TV. ″There’s no words to explain how sorry I am. I killed someone I loved very much.″

Asked why he killed her, Fuller said: ″Why? I don’t know. I can’t really explain why. I wasn’t in the right state of mind, I guess.″

Fuller’s mother testified she had found him drinking whiskey on the morning of the crime.

Later that day, friends of Carnevale and Fuller saw the two walk into the woods together. The friends reported hearing two screams and seeing Fuller emerge from the woods covered in blood and holding a broken knife.

Police, acting on information from a friend of Fuller’s, found Carnevale’s body in a pond. It had been wrapped in plastic and weighted with cinder blocks.