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Names released in quadruple homicide in Lauderdale County

Published: Dec. 23, 2020 at 2:40 PM CST
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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department released the names of people involved in a quadruple homicide at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

The victims were identified as Beverly Kaiser Fulton, 64, April Fulton Tucker, 39, Bryce Fisher Tucker, 14, and Virginia Jay, 90.

The suspect was identified as Matthew Jay Tucker, 40. Authorities said sometime between 9:30 p.m. Monday and 12 noon Tuesday.

Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says Matthew Tucker was arrested in late October for simple assault domestic violence after an incident at the home on Jeffrey Acres Rd. where the bodies of his mother-in-law, wife and son were found.

Tucker, authorities say, was living with his grandmother, 90-year-old Virginia Jay in Whynot where her body was found.

”There’s no indication at this time that there were any other individuals that Matthew Tucker made attempts on the lives or had any interaction with during that timeframe,” Calhoun said.

Calhoun explained that the crime scenes were violent and it was evident there had been a struggle.

”Based upon our preliminary investigation, the victims were not shot. However an autopsy has not been completed on any of our victims yet,” Calhoun said.

Calhoun reminds the public that there are several agencies like CARE Lodge and Weems Mental Health that people can reach out to in a time of need.

“Many families have been touched by this. There are a lot of family members and relatives in our community that are affected because of the events of yesterday,” said Calhoun. “I encourage our community to be supportive of those families.”

Calhoun said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Meridian Police Department and East Mississippi Drug Task Force assisted the sheriff’s department in the investigation.

Matthew Jay Tucker, 40, the suspect who died in Lamar County after a pursuit by law enforcement.
Matthew Jay Tucker, 40, the suspect who died in Lamar County after a pursuit by law enforcement.(Lauderdale County Sheriff's Dept.)

There is a prayer service being held Wednesday night for the families of the victims. It starts at 6:30 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of Zero Road and Fisher Road. The service will be inside. Masks and social distancing are required.

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