Laurel Murder Suspect Headed to Trial
Joseph Beck entered a not guilty plea to charges including first degree murder and abuse of a corpse. Prosecutors say Beck shot Tia Tucker in the head before dismembering her body and dumping it alongside a Laurel Road.
Beck only spoke once during Wednesday's arraignment, saying "yes" to a procedural question from Judge Craig Karsnitz. Beck's defense attorney, Rob Robinson, waived the reading of Beck's indictment.
A Department of Justice Spokesperson says Beck's final case review is scheduled for April 8, 2020. A jury trial is scheduled for April 13, 2020.
Beck is being held on an over $2 million cash bond at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.