Laurel Man Indicted on Murder, Abuse of Corpse Charges

LAUREL, Del.- One day after a 

Laurel man was indicted


murdering a Seaford woman

, documents in Virginia are revealing the suspect and victim's connection and grisly new details, including the fact that the victim's body was cut up.  Delaware State Police are charging 32-year-old Joseph Beck for murdering 34-year-old Tia Tucker. Beck is facing four charges: Murder First Degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and Abuse of Corpse. Police found Tucker's body on South Shell Bridge Road in Laurel on March 9th. She was found dead due to a gunshot wound, though a Virginia search warrant affidavit states the body "suffered numerous incised wounds caused by an unknown cutting instrument."

  On March 13th, Beck was arrested in Virginia for DUI and has been held in a Stafford jail since. A Virginia search warrant affidavit for Beck's car reveals the details that led up to his arrest and his alleged crime.

 According to the documents, Beck was pulled over in Stafford County, Virginia for speeding and told police he was in Delaware. Beck told the Virginia officer he had taken four oxycodone pills, and prescription bottles of oxycodone and methadone were in the driver's side door. 

 The documents state Tucker was last seen on Thursday, March 7th. Texts between Tucker and a family member on March 5th and 6th state Tucker had left the motel she was staying in, and she was with Beck and another woman at a home on Loblolly Lane in Laurel.  According to the affidavit, on March 12th, police went to the home and found Beck moving out. Beck and the other woman told officers they last saw Tucker on Friday March 8th. According to the affidavit,  Beck told officers that a family member called him and told him "Tia was dead so he's scared and is moving out and back with his mother in Bridgeville." The next day, Beck was arrested in Virginia. That morning, Delaware state troopers responded to the home on Loblolly Avenue once again and found the house empty. However, the affidavit states several credit and debit cards in Tucker's name were in the living room, as were a smart phone and a purse. Troopers also found what appeared to be dried blood on the wall, and another phone outside. The affidavit notes that Tucker's phone, purse, clothing, and other belongings were not found with her body. The affidavit states that Beck and the other woman did not tell troopers that any of Tucker's belongings were still located in the home.

 The search warrant affidavit requests that Beck's car be turned over to Delaware State Police for evidence processing. The affidavit states it's still unknown where Tucker was killed, and that it's possible "something harmful happened to the victim" inside the Loblolly home. 

 On Tuesday, Delaware State Police described Tucker and Beck as acquaintances and stressed there was no concern for the public's safety at this time. Beck does not have a court date scheduled in Delaware yet, as he is still awaiting extradition. However, the docket suggests a $2 million cash bond for Beck and a no contact order with the woman who allegedly lived with Beck and Tucker. 

 Tucker's family declined to comment on the case. 

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