2005-10-28 / Community

Christopher Fulton, AKA ‘Rasta Chris,’ Wants To Clear His Name

By Brian Magoolaghan

  • Christopher Fulton, the man known on local streets as Rasta Chris, is disputing an earlier Wave report that contained allegations that he says has caused people to turn their backs on him and could get him killed.
  • Fulton, 33, was arrested in Rockaway on May 13 after police pulled him over near the Hammel Houses and charged him with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, unlicensed driving and using a cell phone. Those charges would not usually attract much attention, but Fulton is the brother of Carl Murray Jr., who was gunned down on Beach 54 Street in April.

    A police source, who had previously exchanged information with The Wave on the condition of anonymity, alerted the paper to Fulton’s arrest and shared what seemed like important details in an unfolding street saga. The source said “a major turf war” had been squashed because Fulton was looking to “ice” Corey Whitlock, the police suspect in Murray’s killing. But Fulton says Murray and Whitlock, although not friends of each other, were his best friends and that while Murray’s death left him “stuck,” he never considered taking vengeance against anyone.

    “I don’t have a problem with Whitlock or any of the guys in Edgemere,” Fulton told The Wave. “I wasn’t planning on retaliating on anyone.” That suggestion came, Fulton says, from a source that was using him for bait.

    “They put me out there as a fish. [Thinking if] Corey sees this, he’s gonna come back,” Fulton said.

    The Wave was unable to contact Fulton or his attorney for that story.

    Whitlock, although identified as a suspect, has not been arrested or charged with Murray’s killing.

    The Wave’s police source also said Fulton was tricked into the hands of Nassau County cops, because he was wanted there on charges of possession of ID data and grand larceny. The source said Fulton was cooperating with prosecutors and sharing information but Fulton says that is completely false. “I turned myself in to Nassau,” Fulton said, “I’m fighting that bullshit case to the fullest.” The entire matter, he said, goes back to a $1,200 credit card debt.

    Fulton’s trouble in Nassau stems from numerous driver license suspensions, which local police said he tried to hide by showing ID using his mother’s maiden name, which is Young. Fulton had a wallet-full of ID in the name of Christopher Fulton when he was interviewed by The Wave. He suggested that if he had the kind of connections at the DMV that the police source suggested, his first priority would have been to clear up his record.

    “Wouldn’t I fix the 48 suspensions before I got arrested,” he said. “I don’t know nobody in motor vehicle.”

    In a brief discussion last week, the Wave’s source dismissed Fulton’s counter charges as “old news.”

    Fulton says the allegations caused his fiancé and others close to him to turn their back on him. “I’ve been catching hell. I’m still catching hell,” he said. “The life I chose is different,” he said referring to his notoriety on the streets of Far Rockaway, “but I’m not trying to get knocked off by something the precinct said.”

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