On the day of sentencing, after nearly two years of investigations and court proceedings, Alvin Lyles finally addressed the man who killed his 1-year-old son.
In a downtown courtroom Wednesday, Lyles gripped the edges of a lectern, reeling off a burst of angry comments and obscenities. A few yards away, Lamar Tatum played with the fray of his prison blues. He would soon be sentenced to 30 years to life for killing 13-month-old Majesty Lyles in 2015. Tatum was convicted of second-degree murder earlier this month.
“I just hope that whoever is taking care of your baby daughter is not like you,” Lyles said in a final jab at Tatum.
Tatum’s eyes finally met Lyles’.
Within moments, Tatum was struggling on the floor against sheriff’s deputies’ restraints. Lyles stood squarely at the lectern, a retort for every comment from Tatum.
Deputies asked Lyles to leave ...