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August 10, 2012

Woman arrested after firing into house

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah woman was behind bars Friday on accusations that she fired a shotgun into a house in an attempt to kill the man who lived there.

Margarett Winsett was held on charges of shooting with intent to kill and two counts of transferring bodily fluids onto a police officer.

Charles Gadberry called 911 Wednesday at around 11 p.m. when two people opened fire on his home on State Highway 10. Gadberry did not initially provide deputies with identifications of the suspects because they had allegedly threatened to come back and harm him.

Undersheriff Jason Chennault said Gadberry later told investigators Winsett was in a dark-colored vehicle, sitting in front of the house, when Gadberry walked outside at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Winsett allegedly pointed the shotgun at Gadberry and fired, but he was able to retreat into his home without injury.

Gadberry said several more shots were fired into his home as he went for cover and then tried to escape through the back door. But another man, believed to be a relative of Winsett’s, was waiting behind the house and fired several shots at Gadberry, the victim told investigators. He said he was able to take cover inside his home until the shootings stopped.

Chennault said 12 bullet holes were found in the exterior walls of Gadberry’s home near the front door, and two of them were similar in size to buckshot pellets, possibly fired from a shotgun. Other evidence collected at the scene included an empty Glock handgun magazine, a Zippo cigarette lighter, and a 9mm shell casing.

Thursday evening at around 5:30, sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Mitchell went to Gadberry’s home to check on him. While there, Winsett allegedly called Gadberry from a local phone number that showed her name on the caller identification log. The deputy overheard the phone conversation, and said he heard Winsett ask Gadberry, “What kind of casket do you want, b--ch?”

At 7 p.m. Thursday, CCSO Sgt. Waylon Tarkington went to Winsett’s home on Burchett Road and arrested her for shooting with intent to kill. Chennault said Tarkington transported Winsett to the Cherokee County Detention Center, where she spat on both Tarkington and Reserve Deputy Ryan Bridges, once each.

When Chennault interviewed Winsett at the detention center, she reportedly denied shooting at Gadberry, but admitted she’d had a confrontational phone conversation with him on Wednesday night.

Gadberry also told Chennault one of her family members suspected of being at the scene of the shooting was in Hallett, Okla., the night of the incident, but deputies had stopped a vehicle driven by that man on S.H. 10 shortly after the shooting. The man was released because, at the time, Gadberry had refused to name the suspects.

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