South Carolina

Woman killed man at motel in argument over price for sex, police say

Natila J. Tucker
Natila J. Tucker

A woman who was on probation on a drug charge and has a long police record has been charged with murder. Columbia police said Thursday the slaying resulted from an argument over her payment for sex.

Natila J. Tucker, 41, has been charged with murder and possession of a stolen vehicle in connection with Sunday’s shooting death of 25-year-old Tyron Donoven Jackson at North Columbia’s Coronet Motel, police said. Jackson was killed by a shot to the head, police said.

Detectives had been looking for Tucker as a person of interest in the case. They found her early Thursday morning walking near the intersection of Main Street and Elmwood Avenue.

Tucker went to police headquarters, where she was questioned.

Investigators said she argued and fought with Jackson about money for sex. An employee found the man’s body Sunday in a room at the motel, police said.

The shooting was an isolated incident that happened after Jackson picked Tucker up on the street, police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.

Tucker was on two year’s probation for a conviction in January on a cocaine charge, according to her police record.

She has a long rap sheet dating to 1994, including convictions for pointing a firearm at a person, pointing a firearm at a person while on probation, and battery of a high and aggravated nature. She has been arrested five times on prostitution-related charges.

She was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, where she will await a bond hearing.

Glen Luke Flanagan: 803-771-8305, @glenlflanagan