INMATE 157363 TUCKER EUGENE, R
Tucker had been dating a woman by the name of
AnnMarie Merchant. On the evening of July 14, 1999, AnnMarie rejected
Tucker's efforts to see her.
The next morning, Tucker went to AnnMarie's apartment,
where she lived with her brother, Roscoe Merchant, his girlfriend, Cindy
Richards, and Cindy's infant son.
Roscoe and Cindy were sleeping in their room when
Tucker entered and shot them in the head. Tucker then went to AnnMarie's
room, where a violent struggle ensued.
Tucker inflicted multiple blunt force injuries to the
back of AnnMarie's head. Tucker also sexually assaulted AnnMarie.
At some point, Tucker handcuffed AnnMarie, bound her
mouth and face with duct tape, and wrapped a telephone cord around her
neck. Finally, Tucker shot AnnMarie under her jaw and behind her left
Presiding Judge: Hon. Michael D. Jones
Prosecutor: Patricia Hicks-Stevens
Defense Counsel: Gene Stratford & Greg Clark
Start of Trial: August 21, 2000
Verdict: September 15, 2000
Sentencing: March 9, 2001
Grave risk of death to others
Especially heinous, cruel or depraved
State v. Tucker, 205 Ariz. 157, 68 P.3d 110 (2003).
Eugene R. Tucker