Charge is dropped in killing

Wit­ness’s re­call faulty in ’16 case

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS - JOHN LYNCH

Prose­cu­tors have dropped a man­slaugh­ter charge against a 60-yearold Lit­tle Rock woman ac­cused of fatally shoot­ing her 40-year-old boyfriend dur­ing a July 2016 ar­gu­ment af­ter the only eye­wit­ness — the woman’s ex-hus­band — said he now can’t re­mem­ber what hap­pened.

Glo­ria Tate was ar­rested af­ter Lit­tle Rock po­lice were called to her Black­wood Road home about a shoot­ing and found Johnny Lee Win­field Jr. dead from a gun­shot wound in the chest in a bed­room of the res­i­dence.

Asked about the lo­ca­tion of the gun used, Raguel Lavonda, 68, Tate’s ex-hus­band who was liv­ing with her in the home, directed in­ves­ti­ga­tors to the trunk of his sil­ver 2015 Nissan Al­tima parked at the res­i­dence.

Lavonda told po­lice that Tate had the keys to the ve­hi­cle, but she de­nied it, say­ing Win­field had taken them from her dur­ing their al­ter­ca­tion. The key fob was later found in her un­der­wear, court records show.

The ri­fle was found in a case wrapped in a bed­sheet in the trunk.

Tate was charged with reck­less man­slaugh­ter, in

part based on Lavonda’s state­ment to po­lice. Prose­cu­tors dropped the charge last week af­ter Lavonda said he couldn’t re­mem­ber what hap­pened.

Af­ter her ar­rest, Tate told po­lice that Win­field had been phys­i­cally abus­ing her for some time over the course of the day — hit­ting, slap­ping and pulling her hair.

She said they had gone to a Fourth of July bar­be­cue that day, where Win­field con­tin­ued to ac­cost her. When they re­turned to her house, she said, Win­field re­sumed threat­en­ing her.

Tate told po­lice that she grabbed a ri­fle that was in the liv­ing room and shot at Win­field, who was in an­other room. She saw Win­field run

into the bed­room, she said, and when she fol­lowed, she saw him on the floor, then called 911, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

Court records show that Tate had a tem­po­rary or­der of pro­tec­tion against Win­field when he was killed.

She got the court or­der about two weeks be­fore the slay­ing, re­port­ing that he had ac­costed her at a house she owns at 3317 W. 10th St., choked her and pulled her hair while claim­ing that he would love her for­ever.

Shortly af­ter Win­field moved in with her in May 2016, Tate got an­other tem­po­rary pro­tec­tion or­der against him, de­scrib­ing an in­ci­dent in which he showed up at the home and banged on the doors and win­dows, threat­en­ing to kill her and burn the house down if she did not let

him in­side.

Court records show Tate did not show up for a sub­se­quent court hear­ing that could have ex­tended the or­der for up to 10 years.

Win­field was never charged with any crime based on Tate’s ac­cu­sa­tions. Records show the pair were liv­ing apart when Win­field was killed.

She re­ported that they started dat­ing in Septem­ber 2015, which would be about the time court records show Win­field, a fa­ther of 10, was re­leased from fed­eral pri­son stem­ming from a 2011 con­vic­tion for pos­ses­sion of coun­ter­feit checks.

Court records show Win­field also had con­vic­tions for drug deal­ing, but the only vi­o­lent charge, a Class B felony bat­tery ar­rest from 2006, was dropped by prose­cu­tors.

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