Page 11 of 44 DOCUMENTSThe Washington PostOctober 6, 1984, Saturday, Final EditionCorrection Appended
'Her Bills Are Paid,' Husband Says;Arrest Made in Beating Death
By Lyle V. Harris, Washington Post Staff Writer
689 wordsIt is early in the afternoon and David Fuller is sitting in his small cluttered dining room sifting through mail thathas piled up this week."You can forget that now," Fuller said to himself softly after opening an invoice addressed to his wife, "All of her bills are paid now."On Monday, D.C. Police told him that Catherine, his wife and mother of their six children, had been savagelymurdered in an alley less than two blocks from their home at 923 K St. NE.Police yesterday said they arrested Alphonzo Lamar Harris, 22, of 629 14th St. NE and charged him withfelony murder in connection with Fuller's death.Fuller was apparently taking a short cut to a nearby store on Oct. 1 at about 6 p.m. when she was assaultedand killed in a vacant garage in the rear of 802 K St. NE, police said.Fuller's body was found in a litter-strewn alley, apparently beaten to death with a blunt instrument in a man-ner that shocked hardened police investigators.David Fuller said he was gladdened by news of an arrest in the case. But, he said, he is still too distraught toeat or sleep. And he realizes the task of raising their three school-age children rests solely on his shouldersnow."I have to try to hold out for the kids," he said, "my daughter has epilepsy and I have to be strong for her."The arrest of a suspect will not erase his pain, Fuller said, or explain why someone would want to harm thequiet but feisty woman who he said was often mistaken for a teen-ager because of her petite five-foot frame."She was small, but she would fight you in a minute. I knew she was strong because I'm strong and shecould push me around," he said.Catherine Fuller was born in Georgetown in 1936 and lived most of her youth with her aunt after her mother was seriously injured when she was struck by lightning, relatives said. While her aunt worked, her older firstcousin Polly Turner took care of Catherine and had been her closest friend."Catherine was what you would call a homie, she didn't go out much." Turner said, "She was not too outgo-ing but she was daring when she wanted to be."David Fuller met his future wife at a party in Southeast in 1955. They married in 1969 and she began workingin the food service department of Sibley Hospital while he worked as a plumber for the General ServicesAdministration.