A month after the Rev. Kyev Tatum's arrest for contempt of court for allegedly failing to pay child support, a family court judge has ordered that a local civil-rights activist be discharged from community supervision.
Tatum had been on community supervision since November 2012 after a judge found that he failed to make child support payments to his ex-wife, Matha Ann Castex-Tatum, for the care of their son.
Officials had filed a motion to revoke his community supervision in late August, arguing that Tatum had filed to make several child support payments, putting him behind by more than $21,000.
He was arrested Feb. 21 and later claimed he’d been injected with an unknown poison while being booked into Tarrant County Jail. (Officials said all inmates are given tuberculosis tests, as required by state law, but can opt out for another form of screening.)
On March 4, court records show, Martha Castex-Tatum filed an affidavit, asking the court to waive any owed child support and cancel the warrant related to the case.
“Our son is financially adequately provided for and I do not wish or need to receive child support from Mr. Tatum,” she wrote.
Today, a judge denied the state's petition for revocation and and ordered Tatum’s community supervision be terminated.
Tatum said he could not discuss the details of any finanical agreement reached in the case but that he was comfortable and satisfied with the modified terms of he and his ex-wife's divorce.
"I am confident that my family can move forward without undue outside pressure," he said in an email.
- Deanna Boyd