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Woman identified as suspect in January homicide

Posted December 21, 2012

— Fayetteville police have identified a suspect in the January shooting death of a 29-year-old man.

Tawanda Lyenette Tatum, 21, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy. She is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.

She is accused in the slaying of James McKinley Branch, who was found the afternoon of Jan. 7 in the 900 block of March Street with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Cape Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information on Tatum’s whereabouts is asked to call Fayetteville police at 910-587-3254 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

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  • airbornemonty Dec 21, 2012

    I suppose when she is apprehended she will flood the courtroom with tears begging for mercy and a Good Ol' Boy judge will believe her and probably shed a tear or two themselves.