Beauty Queen Law Student Suspended After Kidnapping Charge
Posted Jan 9, 2008 11:22 AM CST
By Martha Neil
A former pinup girl-turned-law student who has been accused of kidnapping an ex-boyfriend and holding him captive is now a former law student, at least for the moment.
Kumari Fulbright, 25, has been temporarily suspended by the University of Arizona, where she is a second-year student at the James E. Rogers College of Law, according to an article posted by television station KVOA, an NBC affiliate in Tucson, on its website. The article doesn't say whether Fulbright, who reportedly has been volunteering as a clerk for Arizona federal judge Raner Collins, is still working in that position.
A contestant for the 2005 and 2006 Miss Arizona title who had won several local beauty pageants and was featured on a submachine guns calendar, Fulbright was indicted Dec. 18 in Pima County Superior Court on five felony charges, including kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault, according to KVOA, the Associated Press and an ABC News article discussed in an earlier ABAJournal.com post. The other two charges are aggravated robbery and armed robbery.
She is accused of kidnapping an unnamed 24-year-old former boyfriend Dec. 8 with the help of several male associates, and holding him captive over a 10-hour period. There are also allegations that she tortured him.
Marc Beginin, a lawyer who represents Fulbright, contends that her ex-boyfriend is "a creep, a liar and is embellishing," the NBC station reports. He says the man came to Fulbright's home with a gun, and describes her as "absolutely not" a threat to anyone at the University of Arizona.
According to AP, Beginin and Fulbright met Monday with university officials. "Law school is the most important thing to her, and she would not do anything to jeopardize that," Beginin says.