Kansas man pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend on cruise ship

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WASHINGTON (KAKE) -

A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend while the couple was on a cruise.

A news release from the US Department of Justice says 55-year-old Eric Newman, of Topeka, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the killing death of Tamara Tucker

The couple boarded a Carnival Elation cruise ship on January 18th. 2019 to take a round-trip voyage from Florida to the Bahamas. Newman and Tucker stayed in a room on the 13th deck of the cruise ship.

In court, Newman said he and Tucker started arguing in their cabin room just before midnight on January 18th. At around 12:15 a.m. on the 19th, Newman began strangling Tucker with both of his hands.

Newman pushed Tucker over the cabin room balcony while he was still strangling her, causing her to fall to her death on the 11th deck. 

Sentencing is set for March 18th, 2020. 

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