More charges filed in slay­ing

Ar­rest af­fi­davit re­veals new de­tails in shoot­ing linked to for­mer corrections of­fi­cer

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Clau­dia Grisales

A for­mer Travis County corrections of­fi­cer charged with first-de­gree murder in the shoot­ing of a friend is now fac­ing more charges as new de­tails emerge about what hap­pened af­ter a night of drink­ing and do- ing drugs, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments and the Travis County sher­iff’s of­fice.

Chad Lum, 35, was charged with first­de­gree murder in the fa­tal shoot­ing of 46year-old Michael Rene Ren­don in Lum’s western Travis County home af­ter the two ar­gued late one night in April, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit filed shortly af­ter the slay­ing.

Lum is now fac­ing four crim­i­nal in­dict­ments, handed up by a grand jury last month, that say he also shot and in­jured his ex-wife that night and pointed his weapon at Ren­don’s two sons, in­clud­ing a 7-year-old, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Now “the case is in the district at­tor­ney’s hands and headed to trial,” sher­iff’s of­fice spokesman Roger Wade said Fri­day.

On June 23, a Travis County grand jury in­dicted Lum on a murder charge and three counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault.

The new charges, along with sev­eral search war­rants filed Fri­day, re­veal de­tails about the night the then-Travis

County corrections of­fi­cer ar­gued with Ren­don as Lum’s fam­ily hosted a sleep­over for their chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Lum, who had worked for the sher­iff’s of­fice for 10 years, was fired from his job the next day, the sher­iff’s of­fice said.

Af­ter the shoot­ing, the sher­iff’s of­fice re­cov­ered weapons, drug para­pher­na­lia and am­mu­ni­tion from Lum’s home, ac­cord­ing to the search war­rants.

Ren­don’s 23-year-old son, Mark Ren­don, told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he and his fa­ther stopped by Lum’s home at 500 Alva Drive in Bri­ar­cliff about 3 a.m. on April 18 and brought vodka, rum and beer with them, ac­cord­ing to an April ar­rest af­fi­davit.

Mark Ren­don told deputies that his fa­ther, Lum and Lum’s ex-wife, Kath­leen Hel­ton, 36, snorted co­caine off the kitchen bar, the af­fi­davit said.

An ar­gu­ment be­gan be­tween Lum and Ren­don and con­tin­ued into a bath­room and spilled into the liv­ing room, the af­fi­davit said. It also said that Lum went to his bed­room closet, where Mark Ren­don said that Lum was known to keep a gun.

Lum did “in­ten­tion­ally and know­ingly cause the death of … Michael Ren­don,” the June 23 in­dict­ment said. And Lum did “in­ten­tion­ally, know­ingly or reck­lessly cause bod­ily in­jury to Kath­leen Hel­ton by shoot­ing her with a firearm … (and) in­ten­tion­ally or know­ingly threaten Mark Ren­don … (as well as Michael Ren­don’s 7-year-old son) with im­mi­nent bod­ily in­jury.”

Lum shot Ren­don three times — in the heart, neck and shoul­der — with a .40-cal­iber Glock Model 22, the af­fi­davit said.

Ex­e­cuted search war­rants filed Fri­day show the sher­iff’s of­fice re­cov­ered three hand­guns, in­clud­ing a .40-cal­iber Glock Model 22, as well as a Rem­ing­ton .270-cal­iber ri­fle, am­mu­ni­tion and three .40-cal­iber shell cas­ings from Lum’s home.

Of­fi­cials also re­cov­ered more than 20 bot­tles and cans of beer, a bot­tle of vodka, a bot­tle of rum, drug para­pher­na­lia used to in­gest co­caine and bro­ken pieces of Xanax tablets, the search war­rants show. DNA sam­ples were also ob­tained from Lum, the records show.

The search war­rants also said it was Hel­ton who called 911 to re­port that Ren­don was shot. Hel­ton later told po­lice she saw Lum and Ren­don be­come in­volved in a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion in­side the home and saw Lum pull the weapon out and shoot Ren­don.

Lum was booked into the Travis County Jail in April and later re­leased on $500,000 bail.

Chad Lum is ac­cused of killing friend, shoot­ing exwife in April.

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