Rucker appears in court for arraignment

KNOX COUNTY — A Corbin man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in May was arraigned Monday on unrelated charges he picked up during his arrest last week.

Nicholas M. Rucker, 38, appeared in Knox District Court via video for the arraignment, where a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf on charges of second-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He received those charges July 4 after a tip was received that someone had spotted Rucker at a residence on Meadow Lark Circle in Corbin. Upon arrival at the location, deputies noticed a man walking out of a wood line and through the back yard of a residence. Deputies identified the man as Rucker.

Deputies attempted to make verbal contact with Rucker, but he fled into a nearby home. Deputies surrounded the home, closing off possible exit points, as Rucker ran from the home through some bushes.

He ran from deputies on foot before being tackled to the ground. Rucker allegedly refused to be handcuffed, but after following a brief scuffle with deputies, he was taken into custody.

Rucker’s bond was set at $5,000 cash with a home incarceration requirement during Monday’s proceedings, though that bond only applies to his case in Knox County. He still faces charges of murder and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon in Whitley County.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Ronnie Bowling said Monday that Rucker still does not have a court date yet for his arraignment in Whitley County, but stated that he expects that to be done sometime this week.

A follow-up pretrial conference has been set for July 23 in the Knox County case.

On May 22, Kentucky State Police Post 11 was notified by Whitley County 911 of a shooting that had taken place at a KY 1064 residence in the Woodbine community. Upon arrival at the scene, troopers found the body of Vicki S. Conner, 57. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Whitley County Coroner’s office.

The following day, Rucker, who was Conner’s boyfriend, was identified as the prime suspect. Police obtained a warrant for his arrest, but he could not be located for several weeks. Multiple reports of people claiming to have seen Rucker were received by different law enforcement agencies during that time, with some coming out of Tennessee. He continued to elude police until last week.

Rucker had been jailed in the Knox County Detention Center until Monday morning, but has been moved following the arraignment.

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