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.
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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.