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Eugene Robert TUCKER





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: July 15, 1999
Date of birth: July 5, 1981
Victim profile: AnnMarie Merchant, her brother, Roscoe Merchant, and his girlfriend, Cindy Richards
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on March 9, 2001

Supreme Court of Arizona





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 ear.


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

Aggravating Circumstances

Grave risk of death to others
Especially heinous, cruel or depraved
Multiple Homicides


State v. Tucker, 205 Ariz. 157, 68 P.3d 110 (2003).


Eugene R. Tucker



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