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.