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Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, NC, 12/04/04

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

"The restraining order was not worth the paper it was printed on," said the victim's mother, but her daughter, Joy Burgess, knew it long before that night. Burgess was two days away from a court appearance in which her husband, Brian Gathing, was charged "with domestic trespassing, only one in a string of charges pressed by his wife that caused him to be jailed five times in five months. But that night Gathing cut her telephone lines and used a shovel to break open her door. Their 6-year-old daughter was asleep in the back room, and Burgess was not taking any more chances when she saw Gaining coming. Gathing was later pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot to the chest. No charges will be filed against Burgess, according to local officials.
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