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Shreveport man convicted of manslaughter

A second man has been found guilty in the shooting death of then 18-yeaar-old Tavia Sills, whose body was found floating in a north Shreveport pond in 2008.

A second man has been found guilty in the shooting death of then 18-yeaar-old Tavia Sills, whose body was found floating in a north Shreveport pond in 2008.

It took a Caddo Parish jury three hours Thursday night to find Marcus Taylor, 28, guilty of manslaughter. In March 2011, LeMondre Tucker was found guilty of first degree murder in Sills’ death and sentenced to the death penalty.

Taylor was charged with second degree murder, but the jury elected to convict him of the lesser charge. Manslaughter is punishable by up to 40 years at hard labor in prison.

Prosecutors said Taylor helped Tucker lure Sills, a former girlfriend, to go with them, and provided Tucker with the gun that was used to kill Sills.


At the time of her death, Sills was four months pregnant and had  indicated Tucker was the father of her child.
Test results after Sills’ death revealed Tucker was not the father.  

Assistant Caddo District Attorneys Dale Cox and Aaron Crawford prosecuted the case, while local attorney Ian Tucker (no relation to Marcus Tucker) provided the defense.


Following Tucker’s conviction, both he and his mother Alicia Tucker were charged with attempted jury tampering in Tucker’s first degree murder trial.



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