YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
Investigating Officer(s): Det. T. Armstrong, Det. S. Murphy
Incident No.: 002558-20E-2018
Case Description: Charles Tatum death investigation
On May 24, 2018, Detectives Armstrong and Murphy went to Mugshots to interview the patrons regarding anything they may have witnessed involving Detective Charles Tatum, particularly on the evening of Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
The following interview descriptions, provided in summary and not verbatim, are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
Mr. Barker said he was acquainted with Charles Tatum both from Mugshots and from the YCSD, where he is employed as a patrol officer. Barker said he arrived at Mugshots on Wednesday, May 16, at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Barker said he was approached by a young woman approximately 45 minutes after he arrived. The woman asked him if he knew Tatum and whether he was at Mugshots at that time. Barker said he told the woman that Tatum was not there then but would probably be in later. Barker described the woman as "approximately 25 years old, 5' 5", 110 pounds, Caucasian, brown hair, brown eyes." Barker said he had not seen the woman in Mugshots before and did not recognize her.
Barker said he saw Tatum arrive around 9:15 p.m. and looked around for the woman to point him out to her, but the woman was no longer in the establishment. Barker said, since the woman had left, he didn't tell Tatum she had asked about him.
Barker said he left Mugshots around 10:00 p.m. and that was the last time he saw Tatum.