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Fugitive arrested in Fayetteville homicide

Posted January 16, 2013 12:16 p.m. EST

— Fayetteville police on Wednesday arrested a woman wanted in connection with the January homicide of a 29-year-old man.

Officers had been searching for Tawanda Lynette Tatum, 21, since late December, when she was identified as a suspect in the shooting death of James McKinley Branch.

Tatum was arrested at a residence in the 200 block of North Peavine Road. Fayetteville police worked with members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force to take her into custody shortly before 7 a.m.

Branch 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.

Tatum was charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.