Man kills ex-wife, self

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Pair had married, divorced twice

By Stephen Lega

Cindy M. Tucker, 38, and James R. Brady, 30, were both found dead in the afternoon July 15 at 2245 Danville Highway. The Kentucky State Police ruled the incident a murder/suicide.


A gun was recovered at the scene.

"He killed her and then turned the gun on himself," said Trooper Billy Gregory, KSP public information officer.

Gregory added that the preliminary autopsy (which was conducted July 16 in Louisville) confirmed that Brady killed Tucker. Det. Mike Dubree led the investigation.

The state police responded to the scene after the Lebanon Police Department received a call at 2:15 p.m. July 15 reporting a possible shooting.

Gregory said Tucker's teenage son was outside at the time of the shooting.

"He went to the neighbor's to call the police," Gregory said.

Earlier that day, Brady and Tucker had appeared in Marion District Court before Judge Amy Anderson. Each had filed an emergency protective order against the other.

Attorney Jim Avritt Jr., who was representing Brady, advised that both parties wished to seek counseling and requested that the protective orders be dismissed, according to the court records.

Those records read that both parties were in agreement about the mutual dismissal, and that they were ordered to attend counseling "to assist in eliminating future domestic violence."

Brady filed an emergency order of protection against Tucker July 10. According to Brady's motion, he alleged that Tucker had demanded full custody of their son, and that she had threatened to kill him, their son and herself.

Brady said she'd made threats against him July 2, July 8 and July 10.

"This woman has a gun," Brady wrote. "Murder/suicide runs in her family."

July 13, Tucker filed an emergency order of protection against Brady.

Tucker alleged that Brady had threatened her. She alleged in her order that Brady told her if she was getting married then she should get a graveyard plot, too.

Tucker also alleged that Brady had called her house on several occasions and hung up or tried to disguise his voice and asked how her car was running. She further alleged that someone had put rocks, dirt or sugar in her gas tank.

Tucker also wrote that Brady had "made up a lot of lies on me."

Brady and Tucker married and divorced one another twice since 2001. Brady was the petitioner in both instances, according to the court filings.

According to Marion Circuit Court records, Brady and Tucker got married Jan. 6, 2001, in Jessamine County. They filed a separation agreement Sept. 20, 2003, and were granted a divorce Dec. 2, 2003.

The separation agreement specified that Tucker would be the custodial parent of their son and Brady would have visitation rights.

The couple remarried April 13, 2007.

A separation agreement was filed March 4, 2008. The agreement noted that custody, visitation and child support issues would be addressed after Brady was released from federal prison. Brady and Tucker's second marriage was dissolved March 17, 2008.

At the time of the separation agreement, he was serving a 37-month sentence issued in February of 2007 for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to deliver cocaine.

March 5, 2007, Brady signed a plea agreement pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment in Marion Circuit Court. The Marion Circuit case stemmed from an incident Oct. 4, 2005, in which Brady was accused of firing shots at Lester Smothers and Lester Smothers Jr.

Cindy Tucker and James Brady are survived by their son, Richard Kendall Brady. Cindy Tucker is also survived by two other children, Zachary DeWayne Terrell and Kaylee Marie Tucker. James Brady is also survived by a daughter, Americus Taylor Brady.

Full obituaries appear on page A4.