Second man charged in Hamilton firefighter’s death returns to area

William “Billy” Tucker is charged in the arson fire the killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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William “Billy” Tucker is charged in the arson fire the killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

William "Billy" Tucker Jr., who is charged in the arson fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter, was back in Butler County the same day he waived extradition in a Kentucky courtroom.

Tucker was transported to the Butler County Jail on Wednesday evening, but he will not stay there.

Tucker, 46, will be housed in the Preble County Jail, according to Butler County Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Craft.

Tucker's uncle, Lester Parker, who is also charged with aggravated arson and murder, is housed in the Warren County Jail.

Last week, Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer told the Journal-News why the men were not in the Butler County Jail.

“Lester Parker has medical issues and many of our jail medical staff are Hamilton paramedics,” Dwyer said. “We don’t want anyone to be able to claim any impropriety given the nature of the case.”

Dwyer said last week they intended to house Tucker in a neighboring county jail for the same reasons.

Tucker is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. Parker is scheduled to be back in court Monday as well for a pretrial hearing.

Parker, 66, is the owner of the Pater Avenue house where firefighter Patrick Wolterman died while battling a blaze in December 2015. Prosecutors say Parker solicited Tucker to light the fire.

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