Lawyer killed during alleged domestic...

Lawyer killed during alleged domestic dispute

There are 8 comments on the The Trinidad Times Independent/STPNS story from Dec 7, 2007, titled Lawyer killed during alleged domestic dispute. In it, The Trinidad Times Independent/STPNS reports that:

“We won't know until we get the blood test and autopsy report, and they (CBI) didn't finish that until late Saturday morning”

Local lawyer Jim Tatum, 68, was allegedly shot and killed Thursday evening during a domestic dispute with his wife. Ann Tatum, 57, allegedly shot her husband multiple times with .38-caliber and .45-caliber weapons.

As of early Monday, Ann Tatum was in the custody of the Las Animas County Sheriff's Department. She was placed under detention by the department following the alleged shooting until a warrant was issued for her arrest at 11:10 p.m. Friday. Ann Tatum was arrested at 12:15 a.m. Saturday morning on charges of second-degree murder. Her bail was set at $175,000 cash-only. Read more

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San Antonio, TX

#13 Dec 9, 2007
Just make sure that foresics checks the size of Jim's hand against the bruise on Ann's ribs (if one exists).

United States

#14 Dec 9, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss.

I met Ann several times through mutual friends. These friends of mine really loved your father.

I am struck by the Deputy Sheriff. He was present as "a witness" to collaborate Ann's account of what happened. It it evident she wanted to kill Jim. After shooting the .38 revolver I would think it would be enough. She should or could have "snapped out of it" if THAT story is true.
But to continue with her rage and grab a .45 and shoot him again seems out of character and a bit transparent.

Once again I am so sorry for your loss. You all sound so well-educated. You each deserve to have some peace. Each of you sound resilient and like fine individuals. Your Dad has to be proud of you. I like how you stand up for your Mother.
Elva Evans

United States

#16 Dec 10, 2007
Have to agree with afriend from San Antonio. Check those bruises. I also find it convenient that the deputy sheriff was momentarily "dazed."
K - Call me.
Denise Boatright

Sugar Land, TX

#17 Dec 10, 2007
I am really sorry for your loss. Please call me if there is anything I can do for you.
Lew Fenton

United States

#18 Dec 10, 2007
I met Jim in early 1961 at UT. We were very close friends, met Liz before Cheryl was born, was at the Bonhomme home the day Greg drowned. I went with Jim to meet Tedde and the lady she was born to in his white Ford pickup, he RAN A RED LIGHT on the way, he was so shook!

I know probably more than any of you, took the wedding pictures in 1983 I believe at the Bonhomme house of Jim and Ann's wedding, after he made her sign a pre-nupital agreement. He had been trying to fix me up with her, a divorce client. I wasn't very interested.

I saw both of theme a bunch until they moved to Colorado.

United States

#19 Dec 11, 2007
XFS- Thank You


#21 Dec 14, 2007
It needs to be nown, that deputy Martinez's Ex
(Ales Graff) and Jim were Dating at the time of the shooting.
Jim and Ann had been on the outs for some time.

Tahlequah, OK

#22 Feb 7, 2008
We have been led to believe our country houses laws to protect all people as shared by the Constitution. Not only would it be shameful but very embarrassing if the state of Colorado did not
continue the process of trying Ann for the death of Jim. Ann's words of being the last one standing has been stated many times in the presence of many different people.
Planning to take what Jim's assets have been in her plan for many years. Distancing him from him family has been in her plan for just as long. Ann has always wanted the attention no matter the local. Ann now has center stage. How does it feel? I wonder if there is loneliness, anyone to spend time with, have dinner with and just to talk with.
Surely, the laws of Colorado will not embarrass the people by allowing a person to take anothers life for monetary gain.
This was nothing but premeditated murder.

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