9:40 AM EDT, August 9, 2012
The person of interest wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy has turned himself into authorities.
Glenn Beard, 56, was charged with Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon in connection with the shooting death of Jarrell Tucker in the 100 block of North Denny Sunday night, according to a public police report.
Monday, the coroner's office confirmed the teen succumbed to the injuries sustained in the shooting.
Glenn Beard turned himself in after seeing Fox59's exclusive interview with his brother who asked him to do just that.
Beard called Fox59 prior to turning himself in to police. He says he didn’t have a gun and doesn't own one.
Beard says he is not the shooter.
However, he does say there was an altercation after Tucker tried to rob his brother and admits to punching the teen.
Beard says the reason he ran off that day is because other people began to run up during the altercation and was gunfire. He says was afraid for his life.
He told Fox59 during his phone call that he didn't come back because he was afraid he’d be locked up and die in jail waiting to defend himself. Beard’s family told Fox59 they think he has less than six months to live.
Tucker's friends believe the shooting was racially motivated but Beard's brother, William, said there's more to the story than that. He claims his brother's home was broken into last week.
He said neighborhood kids tried to shake down his nephew on their front porch, shot up their house and tried rob his other brother Sunday just prior to the shooting.
Police have been waiting to question Glenn Beard since the shooting.
Glenn Beard has only been out of jail for about a year. He was indicted in the 1980's for reckless homicide but served prison time for drug dealing, marijuana possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Tucker, only 13, has been in his share of trouble though too. His rap sheet includes arrests starting last year for gang graffitti, a knife assault, a fight, disorderly conduct, drugs, battery with an injury and resisting escape and intimidation. A week ago, he and some friends were investigated for an armed robbery with a gun.
The Beard family home has been ransacked since the shooting. William Beard says he thinks neighborhood teens are to blame.