Tucker sentenced to life for 2020 murders

Burdette, Ark. – A man will spend the remainder of his life in prison for the 2020 shooting deaths of three.

Curtis Walker, Jr. and Gina M. Nelson—deputy prosecuting attorneys—prosecuted 37-year-old Marlon Tucker for the 2020 fatal shooting death of Oscar Lane, Joyce Adams, and Virgina Bailey. Thursday evening, a Mississippi County jury found Tucker guilty of three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of first-degree battery. And Circuit Judge Charles Mooney, Jr. followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Tucker to three life terms plus 65 years’ imprisonment.

On 27 June 2020, Blytheville police responded to a shots-fired call. Officers arrived at 613 Parkway and found multiple gunshot victims. Lane was pronounced dead at the scene. Adams and Bailey were transported to a local hospital and later died from gunshot injuries.

An investigation revealed that during a family gathering, an argument began. During this argument, Tucker became angry and began firing his gun at those attending.

Walker and Nelson thanked the jury for their service and the Blytheville Police Department for its investigation.

Prosecuting Attorney Keith L. Chrestman praised the deputy prosecutors: “Walker and Nelson—two times in two weeks—have successfully tried homicide cases and achieved first-degree murder convictions. Outstanding work. I’m thankful for their continued service. Since jury trials resumed in May 2021, this office has tried a dozen homicide cases in the Second Judicial District, and this is the fifth life sentence. Without doubt, our juries are making it clear that our communities won’t tolerate violence.”

Adapted from Press Release

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