The man from Kansan is accused of the murder of his girlfriend while traveling on a cruise ship to the Bahamas

Eric Newman, 53 (pictured) was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Tamara Loraine Tucker on January 19, 50

Eric Newman, 53 (pictured) was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Tamara Loraine Tucker on January 19, 50

Eric Newman, 53 (pictured) was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Tamara Loraine Tucker on January 19, 50

A Kansas man has been charged in federal court with killing a woman while on a cruise from Florida to the Bahamas in January.

Eric Newman was formally charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Tamara Loraine Tucker on January 19, the Justice Department said in a statement released Thursday.

Newman and Tucker were lovers for a long time, according to their obituary.

I miss you more than you'll ever know I hope that one day soon we can meet. Love forever and ever, "wrote Newman, 53, in a Facebook remembrance group in honor of Tucker, on April 7.

Tucker died two days after his 50th birthday.

The indictment alleges that the man from Topeka, Kansas and Tucker, of Lawson, Missouri, were aboard the Carnival Elation, a vessel registered in Panama, when Tucker died.

Newman (left) is accused of Tucker's death, but prosecutors did not disclose more details about the incident related to his alleged murder.

Newman (left) is accused of Tucker's death, but prosecutors did not disclose more details about the incident related to his alleged murder.

Newman (left) is accused of Tucker's death, but prosecutors did not disclose more details about the incident related to his alleged murder.

I miss you more than you'll ever know I hope that one day soon we can meet. Love forever and ever, "wrote Newman, 53, in a remembrance group of Facebook in honor of Tucker, on April 7.

I miss you more than you'll ever know I hope that one day soon we can meet. Love forever and ever, "wrote Newman, 53, in a remembrance group of Facebook in honor of Tucker, on April 7.

I miss you more than you'll ever know I hope that one day soon we can meet. Love forever and ever, "wrote Newman, 53, in a remembrance group of Facebook in honor of Tucker, on April 7.

Newman is accused of his murder, but prosecutors did not disclose more details about the incident related to his alleged murder.

Carnival Cruise Line, which operated the ship in which Tucker died, said that a woman "fell from her balcony to several decks further down & # 39; while on board the Elation on January 19, in a previously published statement.

The Carnival Cruise Line departed and arrived from Jacksonville, Florida, with a scheduled stop in the Bahamas.

The cruise began on January 18 in Jacksonville, Florida and was scheduled to last four days

The cruise began on January 18 in Jacksonville, Florida and was scheduled to last four days

The cruise began on January 18 in Jacksonville, Florida and was scheduled to last four days

The couple shared many photos on social networks, appearing to be very much in love

The couple shared many photos on social networks, appearing to be very much in love

The couple shared many photos on social networks, appearing to be very much in love

Carnival Cruise Line, which operated the Carnival Elation cruise in which Tucker died, said earlier that a woman "fell from her balcony to several decks further down". on January 19; Here is a stock image of the ship

Carnival Cruise Line, which operated the Carnival Elation cruise in which Tucker died, said earlier that a woman "fell from her balcony to several decks further down". on January 19; Here is a stock image of the ship

Carnival Cruise Line, which operated the Carnival Elation cruise in which Tucker died, said earlier that a woman "fell from her balcony to several decks further down". on January 19; Here is a stock image of the ship

The cruise began on January 18 and was scheduled to last four days.

Tucker's obituary described Newman as his "longtime companion and love".

A photo of the couple published by Tucker on November 1 triggered a disturbingly premonitory comment from someone who seems to have been a mutual friend of Tucker and Newman.

Tucker's obituary, published in January, described Newman as his "companion and love of many years"

Tucker's obituary, published in January, described Newman as his "companion and love of many years"

Tucker's obituary, published in January, described Newman as his "companion and love of many years"

A photo of the couple published by Tucker on November 1 triggered a disturbingly premonitory comment from someone who seems to have been a mutual friend of Tucker and Newman.

A photo of the couple published by Tucker on November 1 triggered a disturbingly premonitory comment from someone who seems to have been a mutual friend of Tucker and Newman.

That man will be better to treat you well! Or you could visit me on the islands hahaha, "a Facebook user identified as Andre Jones wrote on December 16.

That man will be better to treat you well! Or you could visit me on the islands hahaha, "a Facebook user identified as Andre Jones wrote on December 16.

A photo of the couple published by Tucker on November 1 triggered a disturbingly premonitory comment from someone who seems to have been a mutual friend of Tucker and Newman.

Tucker started working at Park University in 2007

Tucker started working at Park University in 2007

Tucker started working at Park University in 2007

That man will be better to treat you well! Or you could visit me on the islands hahaha, "wrote a Facebook user identified as Andre Jones on December 16.

Tucker answered only with a photo in a tropical environment.

Tucker was a full-time faculty member in the social work department of Park University in Parkville, Missouri, from 2012 to 2017.

She was an assistant instructor before that, starting in 2007, Kansas City Star reported.

The first appearance before Newman's court in the case was Thursday, which is the same day a judge filed the indictment against him.

Newman appeared before the Honorable Ross A. Walters, Judge Magistrate of the United States for the Southern District of Iowa.

Your detention hearing is scheduled for September 12.

Tucker was a full-time faculty member in the social work department of Park University in Parkville, Missouri, from 2012 to 2017.

Tucker was a full-time faculty member in the social work department of Park University in Parkville, Missouri, from 2012 to 2017.

Tucker was a full-time faculty member in the social work department of Park University in Parkville, Missouri, from 2012 to 2017.

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