Lincoln police say map in card sent to prisoner's friend leads them to buried gun


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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Police believe they have found a handgun used in a fatal shooting this summer, and they credit the suspect in the case for the discovery.

Police believe Danny Tucker Jr., charged with first-degree murder for the June 20 shooting death of 31-year-old Earl Richardson III, sent a card from jail in July to a friend. The card included a map of the grounds of a Lincoln apartment complex, the Lincoln Journal Star reported ( ) Saturday.

Police took the map, followed its instructions and found a .357-caliber handgun buried under a tree. Ballistics tests had shown that such a gun was among those that could have been used to carry out Richardson's shooting.

Police are awaiting test results from the recovered gun to see if it matches a spent shell and bullet fragments found at the scene of the shooting.

Based on the finding, a judge this week granted a police request to get a swab of DNA and a handwriting sample from Tucker. Police want to compare the handwriting sample to writing on the card and the map allegedly sent by Tucker to his friend.

Tucker, 27, is accused of shooting Richardson over a drug debt after the two fought at a neighborhood barbecue.

Police believe Tucker left the gathering to get a gun and then returned 30 minutes later and shot Richardson twice.

Tucker pleaded not guilty on Thursday, waiving a formal arraignment on the charges. He's remains in jail awaiting trial on the charges.

Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,

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