CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT

Public Affairs Office

1100 Cultural Park Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33990

239-574-0642

Cape Coral Murder Suspect Sentenced to Life in Prison

(June 27, 2012)- In an update to an earlier release, Timothy Wayne Tuttle Jr. has been sentenced to Life in Prison for his role in a 2010 murder in Cape Coral.

"The Detectives of the Cape Coral Police Department work all the way to the finish line. The arrest of a suspect is only the beginning, especially in a murder case. Putting killers in prison is the finish line. Mr. Tuttle being sentenced to life in prison is the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work between our Detectives and the State Attorney's Office"-Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.

(Original release is below)

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(February 9, 2012)- On July 10, 2010 Cape Coral Police responded to a report of a home invasion robbery in which the homeowner was shot by the suspects. Eric Stuebinger was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest by two masked robbers.

The two masked men struggled with Stuebinger in the home located at 511 NW 2nd Avenue as the suspects were demanding money and drugs. Stuebinger was fighting to protect his ex-girlfriend and their 17 month old son who were in the home.

After Stuebinger was shot, the gunmen then fled the home. During the struggle with Stuebinger, the mask came off of one of the suspect's face and a description was obtained.

Cape Coral Major Crimes Detectives began investigating the homicide. Through painstaking work and investigation, Detectives developed Terry Ragland and Timothy Wayne Tuttle Jr. as suspects in the robbery and homicide.

Both Ragland and Tuttle Jr were located and arrested for the crime in 2010.

On February 8, 2012 Terry Ragland was convicted of Second Degree Murder with a Firearm, Attempted Home Invasion Robbery and First Degree Burglary while Armed. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Timothy Tuttle Jr. is still awaiting trial.