Ocala couple in shooting had domestic violence history, records show
Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 5:08 p.m.
On Thursday, two days before authorities say Nikki McNeil fatally shot her estranged boyfriend through the windshield of her moving car, a Marion County Circuit Court judge dismissed a domestic violence injunction she had sought against him.
Since the Marion County Judicial Center is closed on the weekend, the exact details of what happened during that incident, as well as why the injunction was dismissed, are unknown.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Judge Cochran said Sunday the agency did investigate the previous domestic violence case late last year, though details are now part of the active investigation.
“We are aware of previous domestic violence,” Cochran said. “We are putting our case together and will review the information with the State Attorney’s Office.’
McNeil, 33, who has not been charged, told Sheriff’s Office detectives Saturday evening that her estranged boyfriend, Lamark Demetries Tucker Sr., 36, became angry when she dropped off their three children at the mobile home the couple once shared.
The home, located in the Concordia Park subdivision about six miles north of Ocala, was purchased by McNeil and Tucker in 1999. After the couple split, it appears Tucker remained at the home and McNeil moved to nearby Flemington.
No one answered the door at the gray-and-white home, which has a burn barrel and tire swing in the front yard. The few neighbors contacted along the street on Sunday would not comment about the incident.
On Saturday, McNeil said she dropped off the children and an angry Tucker took her keys and her cell phone, sheriff’s officials said.
She grabbed a spare set of keys and got in her car to leave. Tucker jumped on the hood as she sped about five blocks to U.S. 441 and then turned north.
Tucker, who was climbing from the hood to the roof, remained on the car, even after she made a left turn west onto Northwest 100th Street and eventually to Northwest Gainesville Road.
McNeil told detectives that she stopped numerous times along the route to ask people to call 911. At one point Tucker appeared to be reaching into a pocket, and McNeil told deputies she feared he might be armed.
McNeil then drove onto County Road 329, heading west for approximately two to three miles. At some point she retrieved a gun in the car and shot through the windshield, hitting Tucker.
Soon thereafter, Tucker fell off the top of the car and onto the road, where he was discovered by passing motorists, according to deputies.
McNeil turned the car around, deputies said, and drove to a nearby Kangaroo convenience store where she again asked people to call 911.
After Tucker was found in the road, he was rushed to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where he died.
Sheriff’s officials are asking anyone who may have information about the incident to call Detective Bobby LeVay at 368-3586. LeVay referred all questions to Cochran on Sunday.
Tucker has been in trouble with the law since he was 15 years old, according to online court records. In 1992, he was arrested for operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
In 1998, when he was 21 years old, Tucker was arrested and charged with one count each of attempted first-degree murder and burglary of a dwelling. The charges were eventually dropped by the State Attorney’s Office.
In April 2000, Tucker was arrested and charged with misdemeanor fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and having no vehicle registration. He was found guilty.
In August 2008, Tucker was convicted of possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, though adjudication was withheld. He was placed on three years of probation and was released one year early, records show.
In 2010, he was convicted of one count of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. He served probation and was ordered to complete community service.
Attempts to reach Tucker’s family on Sunday were unsuccessful. All phone numbers linked to Tucker have been disconnected.
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