Mom calls for justice: ‘I would’ve put myself in front of him’
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 5, 2015) — The family and friends of a man murdered in his driveway last June are calling for justice after a plea deal was reached in the case.
Josh Tucker, 31, died on June 5 after a week-long dispute with a neighbor over his dog. Friends said Tucker had been upset the neighbor, Albert Rogers, shot into his yard a week prior.
According to court paperwork, Rogers showed up at Tucker’s house and fired as many as 10 shots during an argument. Some wounds were described as seeming to be sustained as Tucker ran away.
At the time, police released Rogers, saying he had a permit for the handgun used to shoot Tucker and claimed self-defense. He was arrested a week later and charged with murder.
“We are all sitting here for our best friend,” Tucker’s friend Matt Abplanalp said.
Abplanalp and about a dozen other friends gathered with Tucker’s mother, Sharon Dietz, to show their support and call for justice.
“I’d do anything in the world to have him back,” Dietz said.
They said Tucker was the kind of guy who brought people together, always opening his house to a friend with a smile on his face. He left behind a daughter, now 13.
“He held together the whole group. He was the backbone of everybody,” Abplanalp said.
Prosecutors have not released the details of the plea agreement, saying it would be divulged at the time of a hearing February 17.
Those who knew Tucker, meanwhile, called for a strict sentence in the case that already left them with so many questions.
“If I (had) been there that night, I would’ve put myself in front of him in a heartbeat. I would way rather it (had) been me than him,” Dietz said.