YCSD officers investigated a report of an unpleasant smell at the residence of one of their co-workers

Incident report

YCSD Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting an unpleasant odor at a Combs Street residence.

Charlie grew up in Alabama before moving to Yoknapatawpha County to join the sheriff's department

Charles Tatum bio

Charlie grew up in Alabama before moving to Yoknapatawpha County to join the sheriff's department.

Internal Affairs reviewed Detective Tatum's file in the wake of his death

IA memo to Sheriff

Internal Affairs reviewed Detective Tatum's file in the wake of his death.

Respected officer found dead in peculiar circumstances

Sheriff's detective fatally shot

The Crime Beat reports: Respected officer found dead in peculiar circumstances.

Edith grew up in Montana and during college moved to Oxford, where she met her future husband

Edith McElroy bio

Edith grew up in Montana and during college moved to Oxford, where she met her future husband.

The detectives asked Edith about her tenant, Charles Tatum, and her 911 call

Edith McElroy interview

The detectives asked Edith about her tenant, Charles Tatum, and her 911 call.

Sheriff Sheldon sent an important notice to YCSD personnel via their watch commanders

Sheriff memo to Watch Commanders

Sheriff Sheldon sent an important notice to YCSD personnel via their watch commanders.

The assigned officers submitted their report on activities at the specified location

Surveillance report

The assigned officers submitted their report on activities at the specified location.

After a failed marriage, Marion returned to the town where she'd gone to college

Marion Sanders bio

After a failed marriage, Marion returned to the town where she'd gone to college. 

The detectives asked Marion about her relationship with Charles Tatum

Marion Sanders interview

The detectives asked Marion about her relationship with Charles Tatum. 

Detective's note in the case file

Coroner's info

The coroner's office notified detectives of some preliminary findings that could affect the investigation.

Internal Affairs notified Homicide of critical items not found at the scene

IA memo to Homicide

Internal Affairs notified Homicide of critical items not found at the scene.

CSU provided this preliminary inventory of evidence collected at the newly classified scene

Evidence inventory

CSU provided this preliminary inventory of evidence collected at the newly classified scene. 

Preliminary report on Charles Tatum's autopsy

Coroner's report

The Coroner's Office provided a preliminary summary of the Tatum autopsy findings. Additional analyses are ongoing.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy spoke to Detective Tatum's supervisor about his current investigations

Sgt Spearman interview

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy spoke to Detective Tatum's supervisor about his current investigations. 

The detectives also met with Charles Tatum's senior supervisor

Lt. Montoya interview

The detectives also met with Charles Tatum's senior supervisor. 

Some say Hank's difficult childhood made him the man he is today

Hank Peterson bio

Some say Hank's difficult childhood made him the man he is today. 

The detectives asked Hank about Detective Tatum's interactions with his business

Hank Peterson interview

The detectives asked Hank about Detective Tatum's interactions with his business. 

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy talked to Detective Huckabee about cases he worked with Detective Tatum

Det. Huckabee interview

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy talked to Detective Huckabee about cases he worked with Detective Tatum. 

Investigators listened to the voicemail messages on Detective Tatum's cell phone

Voicemail messages

Investigators listened to the voicemail messages on Detective Tatum's cell phone.

Ricardo has been engaged in one criminal activity or another most of his life

Ricardo Brutnell bio

Ricardo has been engaged in one criminal activity or another most of his life.

The detectives spoke to an ex-con who Detective Tatum helped convict

Ricardo Brutnell interview

The detectives spoke to an ex-con who Detective Tatum helped convict.

Joe left home at an early age and quickly ran into trouble

Joseph Baker Jr. bio

Joe left home at an early age and quickly ran into trouble.

Joe is another ex-con who had a history with Detective Tatum

Joseph Baker Jr. interview

The detectives brought in another ex-con who had a history with Detective Tatum. 

Larry made some mistakes before finally finding his path in life

Larry Johnson bio

Larry made some mistakes before finally finding his path in life.

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