Tyler teen indicted for murder of man found shot in crashed truck

Manuel Mendez Prieto II, age 17
Manuel Mendez Prieto II, age 17(Smith County Judicial Records)
Published: Feb. 7, 2022 at 9:49 AM CST
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A Tyler man was indicted for the murder of a man found to have been shot prior to his truck crashing into a power pole.

Manuel Mendez Prieto II, age 17, was indicted by a Smith County grand jury Nov. 2021 for the murder of Michael Lee Tucker. He is being held in the Smith County Jail on $1 million bond.

Prieto’s next scheduled court date is March 4.

Tucker’s pickup crashed into a power pole on Palmer Avenue in Aug. 2021 and was treated as a homicide after determining he had been shot before the crash, according to the Tyler Police Department.

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