Update 2019 01 16: Added links to related articles.
DA won’t charge wife who killed abusive husband
This story may indicate we’ve moved to a new stage in our treatment of women who kill their husbands: if she alleges abuse, don’t bother filing charges. Kill your husband, claim abuse, walk away. There’s no indication the wife was in immediate danger nor are details provided about the man’s alleged “pattern of violence.”
“More than a year after the shooting death of Trinidad attorney Jim Tatum by his wife Ann, a court-appointed prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges.
More than a year after the shooting death of Trinidad attorney Jim Tatum by his wife, Ann, a prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges.
The shooting in the Tatum home just outside Trinidad ended a stormy marriage.
Although Ann Tatum never denied shooting her husband multiple times in their kitchen – the event was witnessed by a deputy sheriff – Jim Tatum’s pattern of violence against her surfaced early on as a possible legal defense.
After the 13-month investigation, spearheaded by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 16th Judicial District Attorney Rod Fouracre concluded: “Given the knowledge of Mrs. Tatum as to Mr. Tatum’s prior violence, and the violence he inflicted upon her on November 29, 2007 . . . it would not be proper to charge her for killing Mr. Tatum.”
Jim Tatum grabbed his wife by the hair and hit her in the ribs, according to an arrest affidavit.
Ann Tatum broke free and ran to her purse, pulling out a handgun and firing repeatedly at her husband, the affidavit said. …. Full story
F4L: Of course, the alleged perpetrator of the violence against the woman is no longer around to defend himself. He received his “just” deserves and is now quite dead.
Whatever happened to the maxim that “there is no excuse” when it comes to domestic violence?
Do we deserve two sets of laws or two sets of interpretations of the law? We must, because, all evidence to the contrary, “women are good and men are bad.”