Name: Amy Elizabeth Carnevale
Murderer: Jamie Fuller, 16
Crime date: August 23, 1991
Crime location: Beverly, Massachusetts
BEVERLY, MA — Jamie Fuller was 20 in 1995, when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the killing of a 14-year-old girl in Beverly in 1991. But now, with a parole hearing scheduled for next month, Fuller could be freed thanks to a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that says life sentences without possibility of release are unconstitutional for teens, whose brains are not fully developed.
Last year Lifetime said it had bought the film rights to a book based on the case, which shook Beverly in 1991. Fuller, then 16, lured 14-year-old Amy Carnevale to his home on Aug. 23, 1991 and stabbed her repeatedly before stomping on her head as she lay dying. The two had dated off and on for a few years, according to a trial transcript. Fuller had been drinking and taking steroids in the months leading up to Carnevale’s murder, which defense attorneys cited as a reason for his increasing jealousy and mood swings.
According to the Salem News, which first reported this story, the hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 12 but a spokesperson for the Essex County District Attorney’s office said Friday it had been postponed. Since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling, which expanded on a 2011 decision, a string of convicted killers have sought release.
* Jamie Fuller was 16 when he lured his girlfriend, 14-year-old Amy Carnevale, to the rear of the Memorial Middle School in Beverly where he stabbed her, slashed her throat and stomped on her head in August 1991. He enlisted friends to help dump Carnevale’s body, weighted down with cinder blocks, in a pond. Fuller, now 43, was scheduled for a parole hearing in February, but it was postponed.