Murder trial for Drewryville woman starts Tuesday

Published 10:59 am Saturday, February 12, 2011

COURTLAND—The murder trial of a Drewryville woman is set for Tuesday, Feb. 15, exactly four years after she’s accused of killing Tirail Jackson, 21, also of Drewryville.

As of Friday, Tiona Martine Tucker, 29, had not agreed to enter a guilty plea, said Southampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke.

“She could plead guilty at the very last minute if she chooses to,” Cooke said. “I expect it will go to trial.”

Cooke would not comment on whether an offer had been made to reduce the charge of first-degree murder against Tucker.

Tucker’s Portsmouth attorney, Barrett Richardson, also would not comment on a possible plea bargain.

“At this point, it looks like we’re going to trial,” Richardson said.

Tucker and Brian Jerome Scott, 25, were charged with first-degree murder, which means Jackson’s Feb. 15, 2007, killing was allegedly premediated.

Tucker was indicted in March 2009 and arrested in Drewryville after allegedly fleeing from police. She is being held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

Cooke said he did not want to comment on the motive for the murder.

Jackson was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in a home on Hicksford Road in the Adams Grove area of Drewryville, police reported. He had been seen alive the previous day.

According to Jackson’s obituary, he was a native of Frederick, Md., and graduated from Southampton High School. He worked for an inner-city ministries program and enjoyed playing sports, especially basketball.

Jackson loved writing stories, for which he won an award from the Carroll County Times in Maryland. He received a variety of awards and certificates.

Jackson was survived by his parents, four siblings and a son, Jayden Malik Jackson.

Scott is scheduled for a May 24 trial, Cooke said.