Suspect in NE Texas deputy's slaying back in Texas

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Posted: Apr 19, 2011 10:56 PM
Suspect in NE Texas deputy's slaying back in Texas

The suspect in the fatal shooting of a part-time sheriff's deputy was returned Tuesday to Texas to face a capital murder charge.

Tucker Strickland, 21, is accused of shooting of Bowie County Sheriff's Deputy Sherri Jones. Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle said Strickland waived extradition in Ashdown, Ark., and was returned to Bowie County.

Rochelle said Strickland was booked into the Bi-State Justice Center in Texarkana, Texas, pending transfer to a Texas jail outside Bowie County to avoid apparent conflict with the Bowie County Sheriff's Office.

Strickland is accused of overpowering the 54-year-old deputy Monday while being escorted from the Bowie County Courthouse in New Boston, grabbing her gun and shooting her to death.

A Bowie County grand jury indicted Strickland in November on a count of assault with bodily injury in family violence. A report concerning Strickland's mental state concluded he was incompetent to stand trial, Rochelle said.

The Monday hearing was scheduled to address Strickland's non-compliance with medication at Rusk State Hospital. Rochelle said Tuesday that he expected a new competency hearing to be scheduled for Strickland, but no court proceedings had been scheduled as of Tuesday.

Bowie County is on the Texas-Arkansas border.