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12-243 Three Suspects Charged With Second Degree Murder In Connection With Death Of Commercial Fisherman (See Press Release #12-227)

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit

Michael T. Merrill (Deceased)
DOB: 05/18/1955
Address: Live aboard-commercial fisherman, Madeira Beach

Kord Lynn Tucker (Re-Arrested 10/16/2012)
DOB: 09/26/1973
Address: Transient
Arrested for second degree murder.

Timothy Schuyler (Arrested)
DOB: 04/18/1981
Address: Transient
Arrested for second degree murder.

Joshua Eugene Shroyer (Arrested)
DOB: 12/28/1973
Address: Transient
Arrested for second degree murder.

What:
Three men have been charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of commercial fisherman Michael Merrill. All three men were arrested between September 14 and September 18, 2012 for aggravated battery after they boarded the victim’s boat and beat him with hand tools and other objects. One of the suspects, 39-year-old Kord Tucker who had been release on bond, was rearrested on the evening of October 16, 2012. The other two suspects had remained at the Pinellas County Jail.

When:
The beating incident occurred around 2:00 a.m. on September 12, 2012.

Where:
The incident occurred aboard the Lilly Anne, a 33-foot commercial fishing vessel, located at a marina just south of the Tom Stewart Causeway on Madeira Beach.

Why/How:
According to deputies, Merill was able to escape following the beating. A friend found him a short time later and called for assistance.

Mr. Merrill died on October 3, 2012. The ME conducted and autopsy on October 4, 2012 and concluded the cause of death was a homicide due to blunt force trauma.

Deputies located suspect Kord Tucker, who had been previously released on bond, and arrested him on October 16, 2012.

All three suspects are charged with second degree murder.

Detectives say the beating may have been motivated by a previous disagreement between the victim and the suspects.

The investigation continues.

Kord Tucker – October 16, 2012 -Booking Photo

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