TUCSON, Ariz. (CBS/AP) Kumari Fulbright, the former beauty queen accused of kidnapping and torturing ex-boyfriend Josh Conway in December 2007, plead guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and aggravated assault Tuesday in Pima County Superior Court.
(Arizona Daily Star)
Photo: Kumari Fulbright is shown in this undated photo for a calendar in Arizona.
According to police reports, Fulbright and three other men, including a former boyfriend, lured Conway to her apartment, tied him up with duct tape and plastic ties and accused him of stealing jewelry from Fulbright and pawning it. Conway told police that at one point Fulbright straddled him and bit his ear and stuck a knife in his ear and threatened to shove the knife into his brain.
Photo: Kumari Fulbright is shown in this undated mugshot provided by the Tucson Police Department in Tucson, Ariz.
At the time, the charges shocked the people who knew Fulbright in her hometown of Carrolton, TX, according to an article in the Dallas Morning News. The article says that she was a standout at The Colony High School in Tex. – honor society officer, student council member and varsity cheerleader.
Photo: Kumari Fulbright appears in Pima County Superior Court on March 4, 2008.
"If there was ever a perfect teenager it would be her," neighbor and Fulbright's former history teacher, Belle Joyner, told the paper at the time. "She was kind, caring, very studious. She was the girl next door, better than the girl next door."
At the time of the alleged crime, Fulbright was in the middle of her second year of law school at the University of Arizona and a volunteer clerk for U.S District Judge Raner Collins.
Although Fulbright had agreed to the guilty plea that had been hashed out by her lawyer, Steve Weiss, and the prosecutors, she appeared defiant in court while the judge read out the charges, saying she did not agree with her attorney's description of the crime, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Each time Judge Richard Nichols asked her if she has committed a particular act she refused to answer yes or no, saying "I agree I'm pleading guilty" or "I am guilty" or "The evidence shows that."
At one point, Fulbright also snapped that she reads, writes and understands English and she signed the plea agreement, according to the Daily Star.
Fulbright will be formally sentenced March 1, after the trial of one of her co-defendants and former boyfriend, Robert Ergonis.