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Farina Man Pleads Not Guilty to Solicitation of Murder For Hire Charge

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Bond has been set at three-million dollars for a 35-year-old Farina man charged in Fayette County Court with solicitation of murder for hire.  Mark Fulk has been held in the Fayette County Jail since April 5th when he was arrested for allegedly soliciting a man identified in court records as John Shelton to kill his wife.  

Fulk also entered a not guilty plea during Wednesday's court appearance.  A jury trial was set for July 29th with a pretrial conference on June 28th.   Fulk is accused of offering a house, auto shop, motorcycle and cash for the murder.  

Judge James Roberts rejected State's Attorney Joshua Morrison's original request to hold Fulk without bond.   He then sought a 5-million dollar bond saying the safety of Fulk's wife and others would be impacted by Mark Fulk's release on bond.  

Fulk's attorney Lou Viverito argued a 5-million dollar bond would be opressive and in essence would be denial of bond.  Viverito added his client would follow any conditions set as part of release on bond.   

If released, the judge ordered Mark Fulk to have no contact with his wife Alicia Fulk, their children, their residence and their auto shop business in Farina.  Fulk was also ordered to have no contact with John Shelton.  He would also be required to stay at his mother's residence in Effingham, be supervised at all times by either mother or step-father and not left alone at the residence.  Fulk would also have to surrender his FOID Card and Passport and not leave the state. No firearms would be allowed in his mother's home.  Judge Roberts also gave probation the right to monitor and search the home randomly to confirm compliance.

The Judge ordered if Fulk is released on bond he have no contact with his wife, their children, home, or auto shop that is co-owned with his fife.   The judge earlier found probable cause to hold Fulk on the charge.  Illinois State Police investigators were called after Shelton reportedly met Fulk's wife at a bar and told her he was supposed to kill her.  

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