UPDATE: Tarrance Lee arraigned, charged with murder

UPDATE:

A Mishawaka man accused of killing his wife was arraigned Tuesday.

The St. Joseph County prosecutor's office charged Tarrence Lee with murder in the death of Trina Winston.

The two were just married in April.

A murder charge filed Monday alleges that Lee brought three friends to his apartment where they saw Winston's body in the living room.

According to the paperwork, one of the men wanted no part of it, left and later contacted police.

Two other men say they helped lee put the body in the trunk of a car and drive it outside of St. Joseph County.

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ORIGINAL:

A man who has done time for murder in the past, is accused of another killing in the present.

49 year old Tarrance Lee was arrested over the weekend in connection with the murder of his 45 year old wife Trina Ann Winston.

Today a murder charge was filed although police have yet to find Winston’s body.

It was on April 17th; about four months ago that Tarrance Lee went before a St. Joseph County Magistrate to marry Trina Winston.

On Tuesday, Lee will be back in court accused of killing her.

Court papers filed today allege that the situation came to light last Thursday when Lee brought three friends to his Hickory Village apartment in Mishawaka where they saw Winston’s body in the living room.

According to court documents, one man wanted no part of it. He left and later contacted police.

Two other men later told officers that they helped Lee put the body in the trunk of a car, drive it outside of St. Joseph County and leave it where it would not be readily observable.

The men said they thought Lee was joking when he first explained that he needed help moving a body.

Tarrance Lee drove the car the night the body was moved and the two other men were unable to lead police to the exact location.

Tarrance Lee was a member of the LaSalle High School basketball team in the early 80’s.

By 1987, Lee had been convicted on two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a drug related, torture laden confrontation at a home on Corby Street.

Originally, Lee’s earliest possible release date was set for 2042 but he was so helpful to law enforcement that Lee won an agreement to shorten his sentence.

“A large reduction in sentence I think it’s merited if the man was not responsible for the attempted murder as his victim has sworn under oath,” said St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak in an interview with News Center 16 in July of 2003. While one witness in the Corby case changed her story, Lee was also being rewarded for helping police solve 10 homicide cases while behind bars.

As a result of the sentence reduction agreement, Lee became eligible for release in 2007, instead of 2042.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Correction say Lee was transferred to a work release program in South Bend in 2006, and was taken off probation in 2008.

While Lee and Winston married in April, court documents show that she filed for divorce on June 19th, and that Tarrance Lee had become convinced his wife had been unfaithful.

In December of 2010, Tarrance Lee was driving a semi-truck in Hamilton County north of Indianapolis when Lee ran a red light, struck a mini-van and killed the driver.

While Lee originally faced criminal charges for that incident, those charges have since been dropped. A spokesperson for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office said a review of case law showed that traffic citations were more appropriate.


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