Tarrence Lee murder trial wraps up, Judge will make decision Wednesday

The murder trial of Tarrence Lee has concluded, but the verdict won't be known until next week.

Judge John Marnocha said he would announce his decision next Wednesday at 11 a.m.

The defense called two witnesses today, and had finished its case in about ten minutes time.

Lee's attorney said that the medical examiner's report on the cause of death was flawed, and that the only witness to testify that Lee confessed to killing his wife Trina Winston was a man who had a previous confiction for False Informing.

The prosecution argued that Trina Winston was last seen alive leaving a friend's house with Tarrence Lee, and that Winston had told the friend that she would return.

Two months before Trina Winston was murdered, she had filed for divorce and vowed to leave a relationship that was abusive.

Lee has already served some 20 years behind bars for two previous murder convictions in the 1980’s. He was released from prison in 2008.

When Trina Winston needed a safe place to stay, she often went to the home of her god brother, Andre Banks.

The last time that happened was in August of this year, the very month Winston disappeared.

Banks testified on Thursday that he saw a bruise on Winston’s neck and asked her about it. Winston told Banks that “he” strangled her, meaning Tarrence Lee. The god brother said that Winston appeared nervous, agitated, scared and uncomfortable.

Banks said that Winston had filed for divorce in June and had also obtained a protective court order against Lee.

Meantime, an inmate from the St. Joseph County Jail took the stand Thursday saying he and Tarrence Lee played chess behind bars for hours each day.

The inmate testified that Lee said he was tired of his wife being unfaithful, and the two began arguing when Lee grabbed Winston by the neck and started choking her.

Lee allegedly told the inmate that the body had been hidden in the Chicago area where either the trash man would get her, or she’d be a “Jane Doe,” meaning authorities would be unable to identify her.

Tarrence Lee’s brother Anthony took the stand this morning but, for the most part, claimed he could no longer remember a lot of the incriminating things he had told police last August about helping Tarrence Lee dispose of Winston’s body in the Chicago area.


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