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Man sentenced to life in second murder trial

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A man has been convicted of the same murder for a second time. A Hinds County jury found 35-year-old Charles Kuebler guilty of deliberate design murder. Kuebler has now been convicted a second time for the June 30, 2010, murder of Tamra Stuckey who was shot in the head while she was sleeping. Stuckey was Kuebler’s girlfriend at the time and previous reports state that their relationship was strained.

Attorney General Jim Hood’s office took over the case during the second jury trial of Kuebler, a Jackson native, due to a conflict of interest. The jury concluded with a verdict which found Kuebler once again guilty of deliberate design murder.

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd ordered Kuebler to serve life in prison for the murder and to serve five years to run consecutively for using a gun in the commission of a felony following a retrial.

“We appreciate the jury for quickly returning a guilty verdict and we thank Judge Kidd for sending this man to prison to think about his senseless acts of violence resulting in the death of the victim,” said Attorney General Jim Hood “Our office will continue to fight against and prosecute any case dealing with violence against women.”

The case was originally prosecuted by the Hinds District Attorney’s Office in 2011. That conviction was reversed by the Mississippi Supreme Court in 2016 and a new trial was ordered. The Supreme Court reversed because a flight instruction was given and because an instruction regarding the defendant’s defense theory was not given during the first trial. The Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division received the case in 2016 after the Supreme Court made their ruling.

The prosecution was handled by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Steven Waldrup. The case was investigated by JPD with assistance from PID investigator Perry Tate.

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