Man charged with killing woman aboard Jacksonville-based cruise ship


A Kansas man is charged with killing a woman while they were aboard a Jacksonville-based cruise ship in January.

Federal prosecutors announced 53-year-old Eric Newman has been charged with second-degree murder and made his initial court appearance Thursday.

The indictment alleges the Topeka man and 50-year-old Tamara Tucker, of Lawson, Missouri, were aboard the Carnival Elation, a vessel registered in Panama.

COURT DOCUMENT: Eric Newman indictment

The cruise departed and arrived from Jacksonville, Florida.

Tucker's obituary and a news release from Park University, where she taught, describe Newman as her longtime partner and love.

Prosecutors said Newman killed Tucker aboard the ship. No further details were released.

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Tucker was a full-time faculty member in the social work department at Park University in Parkville, Missouri, from 2012 to 2017. She was an adjunct instructor before that, beginning in 2007.

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