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Lincoln police: Map sent by prisoner led police to murder weapon

Lincoln police: Map sent by prisoner led police to murder weapon

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police say a map sent by a prisoner awaiting trial in a fatal shooting earlier this summer led police to what could be the murder weapon.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that police believe Danny Tucker Jr., charged with first-degree murder for the June 20 shooting death of Earl Richardson III, sent a card from jail to a friend that included a map of the grounds of a Lincoln apartment complex.

Police took the map, followed its instructions and found a .357-caliber handgun buried under a tree. Ballistics tests had shown that such a gun was among those that could have been used to carry out Richardson's shooting.

Police are awaiting test results from the recovered gun to see if it matches bullet fragments from the shooting scene.

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