Tamara Sack, Tucker’s attorney told Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens that private investigator Brenda Beyersdoerfer had incurred $6,625 of work through June 22. Stephens previous approved $3,000 each for both Tucker and Parker for defense investigative services.
Sack requested payment of the overage as well as an additional $6,000 for the investigator.
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Much of the work performed by the investigator involves going through GPS, Facebook and hotels that allegedly match Tucker’s use of his cellphone and accessing of his Facebook account in and around the area where the alleged crime occurred, Sack said.
She added the phone calls also include those made before and after the alleged crime.
“My client is charged very circumstantially,” Sack told the judge.
Stephens approved the funds already incurred over the authorized limit, but asked Sack to meet with the investigator and submit a more itemized estimate of more funds needed and he would consider the motion.
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Prosecutors say Parker solicited Tucker to light the fire. Parker and his wife were in Las Vegas when the fire broke out during the early morning hours.
Wolterman died when he fell through the floor while fighting the blaze on Dec. 28, 2015.