According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Tatum was nearing the end of his three-day trial for capital murder in connection with the deaths of his wife, Summer, and their son, Everett. Hunter shot Summer Oct. 18, 2021, at their home on Sunset Terrace in Plattville. He also faced charges of murder and murder of another person while having the intent of killing someone else.
Prosecutors reportedly argued Hunter killed Summer because he was angry she developed an online relationship with a woman in England. His defense team alleged Summer threatened him with a gun and told him, "You don't deserve to live."