Saturday, January 25, 2003

Attack blamed on insanity; new bond asked

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer


LEBANON - A 50-year-old Mason man now claims he was insane when he stabbed his ex-wife at least 26 times and beat her with a weight bar in front of their two young daughters on Christmas Eve.

Alvin Tucker's court-appointed attorney changed his plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity this week as the case winds through Warren County Common Pleas Court.

At the same time, Mr. Tucker, a former chief financial officer, wants his $750,000 bond reduced so he can get out of jail while his case proceeds. In a motion filed Friday, Mr. Tucker claimed that the bond is excessive and that he is not a flight risk. Judge Neal Bronson is to consider that request at a hearing next Friday.Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said she will object to a lower bond.

"It should remain high. He fled the scene and he was still in the act of fleeing the scene when he was picked up at a rest stop at Washington Court House," she said. "He claimed at his arraignment he is a low risk because he has a master's degree and was on his way back to Mason to turn himself in. We don't find either one of those to be credible reasons to reduce his bond."

She declined to comment in the insanity plea. Defense attorney Martin Hubbell said there are indications that Mr. Tucker, who faces attempted murder and other charges, suffers from mental problems. He said he could not be specific because Mr. Tucker has not yet been evaluated by a court-appointed therapist.

Mr. Tucker, who was involved in a contentious relationship with his ex-wife over child support and visitation issues, is accused of ambushing Virginia Gilbert when she arrived at his Birchwood Farms Drive home to pick up their daughters, age 5 and 7, after a scheduled visit.


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