Elizabeth Nicole Stewart
A Gore woman was arrested Tuesday for the first-degree murder of a Gore man last October.
The warrant was issued Tuesday for Elizabeth Nicole Stewart, 25, of Gore, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department. The warrant is the result of a lengthy investigation into the shooting death of Joshua Tucker.
On Oct. 26, 2017, at a residence north of Gore, Joshua Tucker was found lying in a neighbor’s driveway with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported to a Tulsa hospital where he later died from the gunshot wound.
“Over the past few months, Investigator Gene Wheat, and other investigators have been diligently working on this case and through their investigation, the evidence showed probable cause for an arrest warrant to be issued,” Sheriff Larry Lane said.
The arrest warrant states that witnesses reported Stewart had a history of being aggressive and abusive toward Tucker.
On the evening of Oct. 25, 2017, according to the arrest affidavit, Stewart and Tucker had a physical altercation at 99892 Highway 100 in Gore, over Tucker spending their last money for drugs, leaving no money for Stewart to buy gas to go to work. Stewart admitted she initiated this physical altercation. She stated she became aggressive and slapped and hit Tucker a couple of times.
Tucker was shot at point blank distance, according to the medical examiner.
Stewart gave conflicting stories to investigators as to what happened after the altercation.
She told investigators that she had not handled or shot a gun for about two days prior to the incident. Gun shot residue samples came back as positive indication for GSR being detected on Stewart’s person.
A search of the outside and inside area around the trailer on the date of the altercation did not produce any hand guns on the property. On Dec. 3, 2017, Stewart notified authorities that she and her father had found a semi-automatic pistol in a tote box under the trailer shared by Stewart and Tucker. Investigators located the gun, and tests determined the spent round was confirmed to be shot from the semi-automatic gun that Stewart alerted authorities about.
Investigators also discovered, according to the arrest affidavit, that Stewart could not be accounted for at her workplace at Cherokee Casino Sallisaw for a 52-minute span of time that directly correlated to the time of death, as determined by the medical examiner.
Sheriff’s investigators went to Stewart’s home Tuesday and placed her under arrest without incident. Stewart was booked into the Sequoyah County Detention Center and is being held without bond.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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