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Text allegedly sent by Hamilton arson suspect on morning of fatal blaze: ‘Done with the job’

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 5:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 5:56 PM
By: Lauren Pack - Staff Writer

A text message allegedly sent by the Kentucky man charged with arson and murder in a fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter was shown in court Thursday.

William “Billy” Tucker, 46, and his uncle Lester Parker, 67, are both charged with arson and murder in the fire at Parker’s Pater Avenue home that killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman on Dec. 28, 2015.

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Linda Rose, a former girlfriend of Tucker’s, traveled from Berea, Ky., to testify Thursday about a text message she received from Tucker at 3:17 a.m. on Dec. 28, 2015.

The text message to Rose, allegedly sent from Tucker, said: “Babydoll, done with the job. Got to get some rest and call you tomorrow. Love you.”

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Rose said she didn’t know where Tucker was at the time the message was sent and she likely did not read it until the next morning.

Prosecutors say Parker was “under water” financially in December 2015 and hatched a plan to have the house set on fire for insurance money while he and his wife were in Las Vegas.

According to prosecutors, Tucker agreed to light the fire in exchange for payment in pills.

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