A Pierce County Superior Court commissioner Monday ordered a survivalist charged with stabbing a Spanaway man to death jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
Commissioner Patrick Oishi also entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Robert Tucksen, who was charged in July with second-degree murder in the death of Zachariah Wright.
Tucksen, 39, evaded police for six months before being arrested Thursday while allegedly trying to break into a building in Spanaway. Sheriff’s deputies believe he lived in a large wooded area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord before his arrest.
In requesting the $1 million bail, deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen cited Tucksen’s ability to elude capture for so long and a criminal record including convictions for assault and weapons violations.
Public defender Teresa Miller did not oppose the bail amount. Miller reserved that argument for Tucksen’s permanently assigned attorney.
Wright died inside a Span-away duplex in June after someone stabbed and beat him and then slashed his throat, according to court documents.
Prosecutors allege Tucksen killed Wright after the two got into a heated argument about whether Tucksen was sleeping with Wright’s girlfriend, court records state.
Wright’s body was discovered June 13 by firefighters extinguishing a blaze at the duplex. Sorensen said Monday that he thinks Tucksen might have set the blaze to destroy evidence of the homicide.
Investigators say Tucksen remains a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, who has not been seen since 2005.
A search was launched for 42-year-old Pamela Kuich in June 2005 after the couple’s 2-year-old son was found abandoned at a Parkland church with a cheeseburger and water.
Tucksen told investigators then that Kuich left with their son after telling him she didn’t want to live in a tent in the woods.
He has not been charged in Kuich’s death.