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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Kansas Man Arrested and Charged With Murdering Girlfriend on Board Cruise Ship

A Topeka, Kansas man made his initial appearance earlier today on an indictment charging him with murdering a woman on board a cruise ship in January 2018.   Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. McAllister of the District of Kansas and Special Agent in Charge Charles P. Spencer of the FBI Jacksonville, Florida Field Office made the announcement.

Eric Newman, 53, was charged with murder in the second degree.  The initial appearance was held before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters.

The indictment alleges that on or about Jan. 19, Newman was travelling on board the Carnival Elation, a foreign vessel registered in Panama, on a voyage with both a scheduled departure from and arrival in Jacksonville, Florida.  During the voyage, Newman is alleged to have killed Tamara Tucker, 50, of Lawson, Missouri.

A detention hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12. 

An indictment is merely an allegation.  The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI Jacksonville Field Office with the assistance of the FBI Topeka Field Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Rami S. Badawy of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine E. Kenney of the District of Kansas.

Press Release Number: 
18-1454
Updated September 6, 2018