Neighbors came out in support after Tan's guilty plea

June 22, 2018 06:18 PM

When Jim Tan was killed and his son, Charlie Tan, was charged, people who knew the family came out in support.

Neighbors said they hoped that the family could put this in the past while some even hung purple ribbons along the block to show awareness of domestic violence.

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Allegations of domestic violence did become part of the defense strategy during the original trial and some of the neighbors said they had seen the police coming by at times even before the murder.

Charlie Tan's case was a trying one for prosecutors in the Monroe County District Attorney's Office who had tried to convict him on state murder charges.

Friday became a big turning point in this case for them too.

"Today (Friday) there is some justice for Jim Tan. Murder trials aren't about popularity and they're not a summation of somebody's life whether they ought to be murdered, in a case in which this isn't a justification case," stated Bill Gargan. "So, a man that had a shotgun placed on the side of his face so his case can be blown off after he had been shot two other times, is somebody who didn't warrant that and the person who did it is going to get a measure of justice as a result of his plea today."  

Some people along this stretch of Coach Side Lane actually moved here after the case played out in 2015 and some are glad to put this story behind them.


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