Prosecutors Seek Death Against Husband Of Mother Found Dead In Storage Unit

Photo: Orange County Sheriff's Office / Courtesy of Shakeira Rucker's family

Prosecutors in Florida plan on seeking the death penalty against the husband of the Florida woman found dead in his storage unit. State Attorney Andrew A. Bain announced 51-year-old Cory Hill was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shakeira Rucker during a Thursday (January 18) press briefing, according to WESH 2.

Rucker, a 37-year-old mother of four who lived in Winter Springs, disappeared on November 11 after she was last seen hanging out with Hill. Orange County deputies discovered her body with gunshot wounds inside an Apopka storage unit registered to her estranged husband. Investigators with the sheriff's office believe Rucker was killed inside the storage unit.

"We'll never have the chance to talk to her again," Dedra Rucker, Shakeira's sister, said at the news conference. "Her children will never be able to see her again. It's hard, it's hard."

Hill was arrested for a separate incident where he allegedly shot at his ex-girlfriend and her family in Orange County. According to the former girlfriend, she ended her relationship with Hill after speaking with Rucker.

"Rucker had recently discovered her estranged husband had been in a romantic relationship and living with another female," court documents obtained by the news station read. "Rucker and the paramour learned they had both been deceived by Hill."

The murder suspect was previously charged with four counts of attempted murder, burglary, shooting at a building, and violation of a domestic violence injunction. After Rucker's body was found, authorities charged Hill with second-degree murder so he could be kept in custody until a grand jury determined if a first-degree murder charge should be levied against him.

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