Eugene Tucker Vs The State of Arizona

Dear readers,

A few years ago, I expressed about a young black man named Eugene Tucker, who is facing a death sentence at Death Row in Arizona. Eugene is accused of triple murder, but has always claimed his innocence.

I know that affair raised a lot of controversy. After writing this article, I received some (negative) feedback from the victims’ family.

I fully understand their pain and I am in no way trying to minimize what those people went through…however, I have fought for truth and justice my whole life.

I have been Eugene’s pal for four years. A lawyer from Auckland recently decided to focus on the Eugene Tucker affair. She will give you full details on her personal blog.

Feel free to comment on her blog .

Too many people have been wounded in this affair, there are many dark zones left as well…and if Eugene is innocent, he deserves to be free!

Isabelle

15 thoughts on “Eugene Tucker Vs The State of Arizona”

  1. as the sister of cindy ..cindy was the mother of the 6 month old baby left in his crib while his mother was killed by eugene …there was proof i dont care what eugene said to you …which by they way i bet he didnt tell you after he killed them he ate the food in there fridge huh??yeah thats right finger prints all over fresh ones!!!and he wasnt annmaries boyfriend as he states he was , she turned him down several times and he couldnt take it , if he couldnt have her no one could and as you see he made sure of it !!!…i was at the trial as you were not …. you have no room to talk on this subject coming from someone who wasnt there …so you take an inmates word for it …of course he’s gonna say he’s innocent …you should of seen the stuff they found in his room not to mention the fact most of his own family wont even stand up for him …because he’s GUILTY!! THATS RIGHT THEY WERE AT THE TRIALS TOO AT FIRST ask him where they are now …not on his side i’ll tell you that why do you think he’s serching for other people to stand up for him ???

  2. State v. (Eugene) Tucker (Tucker II), 215 Ariz. 298, 160 P.3d 177 (2007)
    (DEATH PENALTY UPHELD) Ring – Indep. Review

    PROCEDURAL POSTURE: Tucker was convicted in Superior Court (Maricopa) of three counts of first-degree murder, sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary, and sentenced to death for the triple homicide of Tucker’s girlfriend, the girlfriend’s brother and the brother’s girlfriend. This is his direct appeal following the Supreme Court’s remand for jury sentencing due to Ring v. Arizona, 536 U.S. 584 (2002). See, State v. Tucker (Tucker I), 205 Ariz. 157, 68 P.3d 915 (2003).

    AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES:

    (F)(1) (CONVICTION OF ANOTHER OFFENSE ELIGIBLE FOR LIFE IMPRISONMENT OR DEATH) – UPHELD
    Tucker was convicted in 2000 of sexual assault and sentenced to 25 years to life imprisonment. The Court affirmed this conviction and sentence in Tucker I. As long as the prior conviction is entered before sentencing, it may support the (F)(1) aggravator even if it was committed before, contemporaneous with, or after the capital homicide. Thus, the (F)(1) aggravator was proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

    (F)(3) (GRAVE RISK OF DEATH TO ANOTHER) – DISMISSED
    Tucker killed all the adults in a home, leaving a baby alone in its crib. One victim was killed in another room, and two were killed in the same room as the baby, but Tucker fired away from the crib when he shot those victims. The Supreme Court found the baby was not in the zone of danger during any of Tucker’s murderous acts.

    (F)(6) (ESPECIALLY HEINOUS, CRUEL OR DEPRAVED) – UPHELD AS TO VICTIM 1 ONLY
    Cruelty – Upheld.

    Physical Pain: Victim 1, the defendant’s girlfriend, had been raped vaginally and anally, bludgeoned about the head, strangled, and then shot twice in the head. The ligature marks made during strangulation were conclusively inflicted before the victim died and were used to control her consciousness. The various locations of blood spatter patterns and blood pools indicated there was a prolonged struggle. The Court found that the victim was conscious when she was bound and strangled. The extent of her injuries showed that she suffered extreme physical pain.

    Heinous or Depraved – Not Considered – The Court decided that because the state established beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim’s murder was especially cruel, it did not need to also determine whether her murder was especially heinous or depraved.

    (F)(8) (MULTIPLE HOMICIDES) – UPHELD
    The requirement that the multiple murders be “temporally, spatially and motivationally related” to each other was satisfied. The murders all occurred on the same day and in the same apartment. The Court found it “difficult to imagine a motive for the killings [of Victims 2 and 3] unrelated to the murder of [Victim 1].”

    MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES:

    The Court independently found:

    Age (G)(5): Tucker turned 18 ten days before the murder

    Lack of Prior Criminal Record

    Impairment: Tucker failed to establish a causal connection between his narcissistic personality disorder and the crime, and did not show that his capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct or to conform it to the law was significantly impaired at the time of the murders. Personality or character disorders typically do not satisfy the (G)(1) mitigator. The Court gave little weight to Tucker’s disorder as a non-statutory mitigator.

    Model Prisoner: given minimal weight because all prisoners are expected to behave and adapt to prison life.

    Family ties: also minimal significance in light of conflicting testimony.

    The Court found that the most compelling mitigation was Tucker’s age and lack of a prior criminal record. It concluded, however, that this mitigation was not sufficiently substantial to warrant leniency in light of the three aggravators remaining for Victim 1 and the two aggravators for Victims 2 and 3.

    JUDGMENT: Death sentences affirmed.

  3. DOESNT PROVE HIM INNOCENT EITHER !! IF THERES SO MUCH EVIDENCE ON HIM BEING INNOCENT …WHY NOT POST THAT …HE’S ALREADY BEEN THROUGH HIS THIS LIKE 3 OR 4 TIMES AND EVERY TIME IT’S THE SAME STUFF THERES EVEN ONE FROM HIS 2003 STATE VS. TUCKER HEARING AS WELL ON THE NET NOT TOO MENTION OTHER THINGS MENTIONED WHILE IN TRIAL BY HIS OWN FAMILY WHY DO YOU THINK THEY WERE NO LONGER APART OF IT !! AND HIM SAYING THERES NO AIR CONDITIONING IN THE JAIL BUT THE GAURDS AND DOGS HAVE IT IS BULLSHIT I’VE SEEN EYMAN TALKED TO POEPLE THERE ..NOT TO MENTION MY HUSBAND USED TO HAVE TO GO THERE TO FIX THINGS AS A TECH THERE …SO ALL THAT IS BULL AND YOU CANT SPEAK ON SOMETHING YOU DONT KNOW FOR A FACT …SO IF I WERE YOU BEFORE MAKING COMMENTS ON SOMETHING YOU DONT KNOW FOR A FACT AND TAKING AN IMATES WORD FOR IT ..I WOULD CHECK MYSELF SO NOT TO BE MADE AN FOOL OF !!!!
    SO IF THERES SO MANY THINGS TO CLEAR HIS NAME …WHY NOT PROVE US ALL WRONG AND POST WHAT MAKES HIM INNOCENT ??
    ISNT IT BETTER THEN PEOPLE FINDING THE BAD STUFF ON HIM ??

  4. I DONT TYPE IN CAPS TO EXPRESS ANYTHING ..I TYPE IN CAPS BECAUSE I LIKE TOO !!!
    AND AGAIN ..I’M NOT HEARING ANYTHING TO MAKE ME BELIEVE HE’S INNOCENT …???

  5. Recently I was interviewed by a state Capitol defender on behalf of Eugene Tucker. Tucker it seems wishes to clear his name or throw a wrench in to the situation of his impeading execution by throwing out names of people who he’s known and that knew the victims. My name was apart of that list. I’ve met Eugene, I met him one time through a friend in common, when I met Eugene he creeped me the heck out. When I went into his room he was watching the movie ‘faces of death’ and was laughing at some of the sickest stuff I’ve ever seen. That boy was sick. It curled my stomach, and every once of my being told me to get the heck out of there. 1 time was enough for me, I’m glad I never met him again. When I attended Cindy’s funeral and I heard it was Eugene and I heard about the vicious and grousom nature of the murder it made sence to me then. I was a friend of Cindy’s, I’m proud to say that, she was a sweet sweet woman. I feel sorrow every time that I think of her, her son grows up not knowing first hand how amazing and sweet his mother was. I’m sure Britany and the family let him know about his mother, but that is still not the same. I’ll be honest here when I say; when I think of Eugene and his execution, I get what I believe is the same sick feeling he did watching that movie, I wanna watch, eating popcorn and laugh as I watch his life ended. Leathal injection is too kind for that boy. Untill the day Eugene is nolonger breathing I will have sorrow when I think of Cindy. When I know he is not alive I will only think of the fun and sweet woman I had the pleasure of knowing and I will smile at the beautiful memories that will be with me for a life time.

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