Fresno gang member pleads not guilty in Crossroads killing

The Fresno BeeMay 23, 2014 

Craig Foster

A local gang member pleaded not guilty Friday in Fresno County Superior Court to killing a woman and wounding her husband at the Crossroads nightclub in central Fresno in March.

The FBI captured Craig Lamar Foster, 44, last month in Cleveland.

Armed with an arrest warrant, authorities returned him to Fresno; he was booked into the Fresno County Jail on Tuesday.

A criminal complaint charges him with murdering Janae Tatum, 28, during the late evening hours of March 23 and attempting to murder Herman Tatum, 35. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

After his plea, Judge Dennis Peterson ordered Foster to be held in jail in lieu of $3.1 million bail. His next court hearing is June 3.

At a news conference in April, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the couple were innocent victims.

Police say Foster tried to flirt with Janae Tatum at the bar at Cedar and Shields avenue, then got into an argument with her husband. Foster shot Tatum in the head and also shot her husband.

They were taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where Janae Tatum was pronounced dead. Her husband recovered.

Lt. Mark Salazar of the Fresno Police Department's Street Violence Unit said Foster is known as "Crazo" and is a 107 Hoover Crip. Homicide detectives have spent more than 200 hours investigating the shooting, he said.

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