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IL Woman Surrenders in Tomah Man's Murder


TOMAH, Wis. (WTAQ) - An Illinois woman wanted for the murder of a tavern owner in Tomah has turned herself in.

Authorities said today that 46-year-old Tammy Cole of Big Rock surrendered Thursday night at the Boone County sheriff’s office in Belvedere Illinois.

She’ll need to be extradited to Monroe County, to face a first-degree intentional homicide charge in the April 27th shooting death of 53-year-old Vance Evans at his home in Tomah. Evans was raised there, but he lived in Illinois for 3 decades before returning to Tomah last year to become part-owner of a tavern.

Authorities said he met Cole during his time in Illinois. Her sister told authorities that Cole was hysterical on the day of the murder, and she had no idea where she was.

According to prosecutors, both Cole’s sister and an attorney who reported the shooting to Tomah Police said it was an accident. Investigators said Cole’s DNA and fingerprints tied her to the killing.