Man sentenced to 10 years for hindering murder prosecution

Published 3:08 pm Tuesday, September 29, 2015

By JESSA PEASE / Staff Writer 

COLUMBIANA— Charles Edgar Tucker, 62, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Aug. 31 after pleading guilty to a hindering prosecution charge related to a 2013 murder in Calera.



The Calera Police Department arrested Tucker Nov. 26, 2013 for his criminal assistance to suspects Jessy Hoyt and Russell Thomas, according to Tucker’s indictment.

The indictment states that Tucker burned Hoyt’s and Thomas’ clothing, and Tucker loaned the suspects his vehicle to dispose of the victim’s body. Tucker also illegally took between $200 and $500 of the victim’s money, according to the indictment.

Tucker was released from Shelby County Jail Sept. 21, where he was being held on a $500,000 bond. Hindering prosecution is a Class C felony, and Tucker was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Hoyt was indicted April 4, 2014 and is currently awaiting trial, and Thomas is awaiting trail by a grand jury.