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Journal Star, Peoria, IL, 03/12/03

Sunday, June 1, 2003

The day after he was released from prison, where he served time for domestic battery against Charolette Gates, Christopher Winder broke into Gates' home. A fight broke out, and Gates reached for a handgun to defend herself. Gates shot Winder once in the chest. Police discovered Winder collapsed in a neighbor's back yard, and he was later pronounced dead at the scene. No charges were expected to be filed against Gates, according to Peoria County State's Attorney Kevin Lyons. "Your home is your sanctuary, and if an intruder breaks in and gets killed, then too bad for the intruder," Lyons said. "I am not going to victimize her yet again because a recently released felon decided to invade the quiet world of her home."
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