Kansas man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend on cruise ship
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Eric Newman, 55, of Topeka pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder Thursday in U.S. District Court.

By Karra Small, WDAF

WASHINGTON (WDAF) -- A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend on a cruise ship last year.

Eric Newman, 55, of Topeka pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Newman and his girlfriend, Tamara Tucker, boarded a Carnival cruise ship on Jan. 18, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida for a cruise to the Bahamas.

Newman and Tucker were staying together in a cabin on the 13th deck of the ship when they became involved in a fight. Newman then strangled Tucker and pushed her over the cabin room balcony, causing her to fall to the 11th deck.

Newman’s sentencing is scheduled for March 18, 2020.

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