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Family Hires Douglas/Hicks Law Firm

Robert Fuller’s Family

Los Angeles, CA – The family of a 24-year Black man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale on Jun. 10 has announced they will seek an independent investigation and autopsy to determine the cause of death.  

Robert Fuller’s family has hired attorney Jamon R. Hicks with Douglas/Hicks Law to oversee an independent investigation into Robert’s death.  

“On Wed., Jun. 10, shortly after 3:30am, a witness found Mr. Fuller hanging from a tree,” said attorney Hicks. “The Sheriff’s Department immediately declared his death a suicide without completing a full and thorough investigation.  The lack of investigation and dismissal of this as a potential murder or hate crime has enraged Mr. Fuller’s family and the entire Antelope Valley community.” 

 Hicks continued, “To rush to the conclusion that this was a suicide and not a homicide is extremely disturbing.  Especially given the manner by which Mr. Fuller was found – hanging from a tree.  For African-Americans in America, hanging from a tree is a lynching.  Why was this cavalierly dismissed as a suicide and not investigated as a murder?”

Hicks says that the family is asking for the independent autopsy to be paid for by the City of Palmdale.  

“We want complete transparency.  To that end, the family should choose the pathologist to conduct the independent autopsy.”  

Another Black man was found hanging from a tree on May 31.  Malcolm Harsch’s lifeless body was found hanging from a tree at a homeless encampment in Victorville–less than 50 miles from where Fuller’s body was discovered two weeks later.  His death was also quickly dismissed as a suicide, with authorities saying no foul play was involved.

 Attorney Hicks encourages anyone with any information concerning Robert Fuller’s death to immediately contact Douglas/Hicks law firm at (323) 655-6505. 


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