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Karli Keator Papers


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Convicted of a 2000 murder in Texas and setenced to death, Deon Tumblin committed suicide in his cell in 2004. This collection contains research materials about the Tumblin case, compiled by then graduate student Karli Keator.


Keator, Karli
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1.0 cubic ft. (about 1.0 boxes)

Deon Tumblin (1976-2004) was convicted of the February 2000 strangulation and beating death of a 75-year-old Texarkana woman. He was sentenced to death and was a prisoner on Texas' Death Row since 2001. In November 2004, Tumblin hanged himself in his cell with a sheet.

Beginning in 2005, then Sage Graduate School student Karli Keator embarked on a project entitled "Deon Tumblin: A Case Study." As part of this effort she traveled to Texas to conduct research and collected materials related to Tumblin's life and legal case.

Keator is now director of the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and program area director at Policy Research Associates for children’s behavioral health policy, trauma, and juvenile justice initiatives.

This collection is composed of copies of materials about the Deon Tumblin case that Sage Graduate School student Karli Keator collected and analyzed for a project entitled "Deon Tumblin: A Case Study." It includes clippings, legal materials, and a presentation by Karli Keator.

The collection is unprocessed and is likely disorganized. Individual items may be difficult to find.

All items in this collection were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by Karli Keator in 2017 February.

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Published: 2018-03-06 06:37:08 -0500

Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2017 April 4

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Access to this collection is restricted because it is unprocessed. Portions of the collection may contain recent administrative records and/or personally identifiable information. Please contact an archivist for more information.

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Karli Keator Papers, 2001-2006. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Karli Keator Papers).