Prattville man arrested in double homicide of wife, unborn child

PRATTVILLE — Police in Prattville are investigating a double homicide following the shooting deaths of a woman and her unborn child.

The shooting occurred early Monday morning in the 800 block of Sunset Court, and the woman was placed on life support at a Montgomery hospital, said Police Chief Mark Thompson. Officers responded to a call to the address just after midnight. The baby was delivered Monday but did not survive, Chief Assistant District Attorney C.J. Robinson confirmed. The mother also died.

Hunter James Tatum, 25, of that address was charged with assault domestic violence, Thompson said. He is in the Autauga Metro Jail under a $150,000 bond. Tatum was married to the victim and the father of the child, according to police and Robinson. 

Court records Monday showed Tatum didn’t yet have an attorney. Charges will be upgraded to two counts of murder. Thompson said. 

The charges may be further upgraded to capital murder following grand jury action, Robinson said. Capital charges can be filed in cases involving the death of a child under 12, or it involves two or more victims from the same criminal act.

Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson.

“We still need to see the forensics and autopsy results,” Robinson said. “But capital murder charges are definitely on the table. We stand ready to speak for these two victims.”

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Marty Roney at mroney@gannett.com.