Sisters of Mishawaka murder victim vow to fight domestic abuse

The tragic story of Trina Winston has a plot many family members tried to change.

"At the hospital the police was there, on the phone we called the police," said Trina's sister, Traci Winston. "It's just too many wrongs and not enough rights."

Trina married convicted murderer Tarrence Lee in April, but their love story was no fairy tale.

For much of the relationship, Trina's sisters say Lee abused his wife.

"He tried to kill her before," said Trina's sister Cecelia Winston-Bronson. "He wrapped her in a blanket, tied several bags over her head, where her bodily functions had came out, but God brought her back."

Despite multiple visits to the hospital and calls to police, Trina's sisters say she couldn't escape the monster because Lee was never punished for his actions.

"If the calls was made, they should have picked him up," Traci said through tears. "That's all they had to do. We did everything. She was crying out for help."

Now Lee is sitting in the St. Joseph County Jail for allegedly murdering his wife at their Mishawaka apartment in August.

It's a part of Winston's story many wish they could re-write, but one Trina's sisters hope will inspire others to strive for a happier ending.

"There's all types of abuse out there," Traci said. "You do not have to live in fear."

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