More charges filed in slaying
Arrest affidavit reveals new details in shooting linked to former corrections officer
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.