Woman’s body was found in a trash can in 2011. Winston-Salem man convicted of killing her will spend nearly 20 years in prison | criminality

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But Tucker denied any involvement in her death.

In April 2015, Tucker’s DNA was found to match DNA found on a strip of cloth used to tie Hall’s body. Lt. Greg Dorn of the Winston-Salem Police Department, who had assumed the investigation from another detective who had retired, interviewed Tucker again and shortly after the interview Tucker was arrested.

In November 2021, Tucker was scheduled to plead guilty to second-degree murder, but when court began, Shrader and David Botchin, Tucker’s attorney, asked to enter chambers with Judge Susan Bray. The attorneys and Bray exited the chambers after about 20 minutes, and Botchin announced in court that Tucker had decided not to accept the plea.

Bray directly asked Tucker if he wanted to accept the plea. Tucker said he didn’t, and when asked why he replied, “I didn’t commit the crime.”

Tucker also has a long and documented history of mental health issues and has been deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial in Hall’s death in the past. He was diagnosed with numerous mental illnesses, including schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and cocaine addiction. But after a hearing in August 2021, Bray concluded that Tucker was mentally competent.

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