Marco Perez Receives Death Penalty for Mobile Officer’s Murder!
One day after finding 24-year-old Marco Perez guilty of capital murder in the 2019 killing of Mobile police officer Sean Tuder, a Mobile County jury on Friday condemned Perez to death, WKRG reported.
The death penalty was upvoted by the jury 11 to 1. Perez, who is now 24 years old, is the youngest inmate in Alabama on death row by six years. According to many media sources, Perez’s lawyers invited a number of witnesses, including various family members, to speak on his side, pleading with the jury to spare his life, according to WALA.
Perez broke down in silence during his sister’s and mother’s testimony on Friday, just as he had done throughout the trial. According to the outlet, Perez’s father also gave evidence, stating that his son had changed in the five years after the murder and pointing out that Perez had become a parent about nine months after killing Tuder.
AL.com shared a post on Twitter:
An Alabama jury voted 11-1 in favor of the death penalty for Marco Perez, who was convicted of capital murder in the 2019 shooting of Mobile police officer Sean Tuder. https://t.co/VAmgADvmoK
— AL.com (@aldotcom) February 10, 2024
Savannah Brewer testified that the day following the shooting on January 20, 2019, she found out she was expecting Perez’s kid. On the other hand, the prosecution brought up Perez’s turbulent past, which included several school suspensions starting in middle school and ending with his expulsion from high school due to fighting.
More recently, while incarcerated at Mobile County Metro Jail, Perez has gotten into arguments with the guards and other prisoners. A jail incident was captured on surveillance footage, and it appears that Perez attacked another prisoner during the incident. Additionally, evidence indicated that Perez had a “shank” in the jail at one point.
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Krissy Tuder, Tuder’s widow, was already called to the stand by the prosecution on Thursday afternoon after the guilty judgment was made public. She remembered that two police officers from Mobile had been to her house to inform her that Sean Tuder had died while attempting to apprehend Perez at the Peach Place Inn flats.
After her husband’s death, Krissy Tuder stated she did not work for a year and is still receiving counseling. “That day changed my life,” she said, according to the report. “It changed everything about me.”
Noreen Tuder, the mother of Sean Tuder, and Lawrence Battiste, the chief of police in Mobile at the time of the murder, both addressed the jury. In his testimony, Tuder’s National Guard platoon sergeant, John Holzer, stated that the loss of Sean Tuder affected the unit more than any other death he had witnessed throughout his military tenure.
Jason Darley, one of Perez’s attorneys, pointed out that Perez would pass away in prison—either from a natural death or an execution. Holman Correctional Facility, which is close to Atmore, is the location of executions.
“The state is coming here asking you to kill again,” Darley said, according to WALA. “At some point, the killing has to stop — you don’t have to sign your name to the death warrant.”