An alleged cop killer facing the death penalty for the murder of Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder has applied for “youthful offender” status.
Last week, prosecutors in the case filed a motion seeking the death penalty. In response, attorneys for Perez filed for youthful offender status for their client, who is now 20-years-old. Alabama allows defendants under 21 to seek youthful offender status in order to get a reduced sentence.
The youthful offender program is focused on rehabilitation rather than incarceration and is supposed to help younger defendants avoid the consequences and stigma of their actions. Even if the person is found guilty, the conviction won’t appear on a youthful offender’s record. Those who are convicted as youthful offenders may still carry firearms and vote.
Let that sink in for a moment. If the motion is granted, Perez will do time rehabilitating rather than being incarcerated. He will show no murder conviction on his record. He will only have the gun conviction.
Hopefully the convictions he currently has will not be rolled into the ‘youthful offender’ status and will keep him from voting and being able to legally carry a weapon.
Marco Perez was wanted by the Mobile police and federal authorities on multiple charges. He had a lengthy criminal history that included being a suspect in 18 car break-ins and a warrant on federal gun charges.
Police had most recently been looking for Perez after linking him to at least three stolen cars and one home burglary in January.
Perez was 19 on Jan. 20 when police say he shot Tuder three times as the officer was attempting to take him into custody at the Peach Place Inn in West Mobile.
According to the Birmingham News, Tuder should have been off duty the day that he was murdered, but he had requested permission to follow up on a confidential tip that Perez was at the Peach Place Inn.
The officer was in undercover clothing and in an unmarked vehicle when he arrived at the Peach Place Inn.
Tuder and Perez engaged in an altercation within seconds of the officer’s arrival, and that’s when police say Perez drew a weapon and shot Officer Tuder multiple times. The gun he used in the slaying was stolen.
Police said Perez was part of a ring of criminals who sold stolen guns, and he was running from the authorities when they say he killed Tuder.
After being apprehended, Perez was taken to court and charged with capital murder while wearing handcuffs engraved with the Tuder’s name. Perez’s attorneys opposed having their client put in handcuffs engraved with the murdered police officer’s name. The defense attorneys said they planned to file a motion to stop those handcuffs from being used on Perez again.
Well, he’s charged with killing a cop in cold blood. If I were the judge, I would require him to get the officers name tattooed all over his body as a reminder.
Perez entered a guilty plea on the federal gun charge of having a stolen firearm in July and was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison.
Law Enforcement Today chronicled the story the day after Perez allegedly murdered him:
Chief Lawrence Battiste of the Mobile Police Department in Alabama sadly reports the death of Officer Sean Tuder.
Officer Tuder was shot and killed as he and other officers were executing an arrest warrant at an apartment complex.
Officers were attempting to arrest a subject on several state, local and federal warrants when an altercation erupted. During the altercation and arrest, several shots were fired, one of which one struck Tuder. As a result, Tudor was transported to the University Hospital of Alabama where he succumbed to his gunshot wound.
Battiste reported at a news conference that it is not clear if the suspect, who was taken into custody, is the shooter of Tuder. An autopsy is pending, and the investigation continues. Tuder’s death comes less than a year after the shooting death of MPD Officer Justin Billa.
Officer Billa was killed on February 20, 2018. Exactly 11 months before Tuder was killed in West Mobile.
“This is a time for grief for us,” Chief Battiste said. “We are trying to make sense of how we could have another brother lose his life in less than a year. We’re thankful to those who have reached out to us so far, but this is a hard time for us.”
“Less than a day after laying to rest Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter, I’m saddened to learn of the death of Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder, who was killed today in the line of duty,” Gov. Kay Ivey said.
“I extend my sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers to Officer Tuder’s wife and family, fellow officers and to the community he served. Officer Tuder was an exceptional young officer, a true leader and was once recognized as ‘Officer of the Month’ for his commitment to serve and protect.
This senseless tragedy has sadly taken the life of yet another Mobile police officer, far too soon, and stands as a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who wear the badge. To the Mobile community, know that all of Alabama joins you in mourning this remarkable law enforcement officer.”
Sean Tuder served the Mobile Police Department for three years. His parents survive him.
Officer Sean Tuder is gone but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Sunday, January 20, 2019.
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In the meantime this morning in Dayton, Ohio, a police detective is fighting for his life after being shot while serving as part of a DEA task force Monday night.
Here’s what we know so far.
#OfficerShot – Just before 7pm a DPD detective, who is part of a DEA task force, was shot while serving a drug related search warrant on Ruskin Rd. The detective is in critical condition. There are 5 ppl being interviewed
— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) November 5, 2019
The detective, whose name has not yet been released, was shot in the 1400 block of Ruskin Road in Dayton just before 7 p.m. He’s currently listed in critical condition at Grandview Medical Center.
He was serving a drug-related warrant as part of a DEA task force at a home where a large amount of Fentanyl and cash was later recovered.
“We’re serving a warrant with the DEA. We need a medic,” an officer was heard over the scanners telling a 9-1-1 dispatcher.
According to 9-1-1 audio captured from digital police and fire radio communications, fellow officers loaded the victim in a police cruiser and drove the officer to Grandview Medical Center because it was closer to the scene.
We have confirmed a Dayton PD task force officer was shot serving a DEA warrant.
— Danielle Malagarie (@Danielle247now) November 5, 2019
Five people are now under arrest, according to Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. Four of them have been booked into Montgomery County Jail.
Those four are Nathan S. Goddard Jr., 39; Courtney L. Allen, 34; Cahke W. Cortner Sr., 39; and Lionel L. Combs III, 40.
“Today is a very difficult day for the Dayton Police Department and our federal partners,” the chief said.
He has not yet released details about the shooting.
“As we move forward tonight, please keep this officer, his family, our department, the DEA, and the entire community in your thoughts, prayers, and care,” the chief said.
Police say the five people arrested are being interviewed by Dayton homicide detectives, Biehl said.
“Everybody who was in that structure is in custody,” Biehl said.
According to Biehl, the police department’s Bureau of Professional Standards will handle part of the administrative investigation related to the Dayton police officers who were on scene.
The shooting investigation is being handled by Dayton homicide detectives.