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Death Row Inmate Found Hanged In Cell

February 6, 1985

STARKE, Fla. (AP) _ An inmate awaiting execution was found hanged in his cell today at Florida State Prison, the second apparent death row suicide in seven months.

A spokesman for the prison in north-central Florida said Allan W. Tucker, 23, was found hanging from a heating vent in his cell about 3:45 a.m.

He apparently had fashioned a noose from a sheet, said the spokesman, Vernon Bradford, of the state Department of Corrections.Tucker was last seen alive at 2:09 a.m., Bradford said.

Bradford said he didn’t believe Tucker had left a suicide note. No foul play was suspected, Bradford said, but there will be an investigation.

Tucker was convicted in the April 10, 1984, shooting deaths of Jonathan Allen Booth Jr. and Elizabeth Louise Roberts. He was given the death sentence for killing the woman, a life term for killing Booth, and a 30-year sentence for sexual battery of the woman.

Another death-row inmate, Richard King, was found hanged in his cell last July 11, officials said. They said that death also was a suicide.

Triple-murderer Stephen Beattie, 37, of North Miami, was found dead of what officials said was an apparently intentional overdose of contraband pills in August 1981.

Tucker was pronounced dead in the cell by a prison doctor. His body was taken to a hospital in Gainesville for an autopsy, Bradford said.

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