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August 20, 2012

Two charged in home shooting

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah woman and her son are being charged for their alleged roles in a home shooting earlier this month.

Margaret Mary Winsett, 53, is accused of shooting from a vehicle with the intent to kill Charles Gadberry, while Chad Albert Winsett, 24, is accused of feloniously discharging a firearm into Gadberry’s home.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to Gadberry’s residence on State Highway 10 around 11 p.m., Aug. 8. Gadberry’s home had been shot at least a dozen times, but Gadberry initially refused to tell authorities who had fired the shots.

Gadberry later decided to talk. He told authorities he went outside and observed Margaret Winsett sitting inside a vehicle. She allegedly pointed a shotgun at Gadberry and fired, but Gadberry was able to retreat into his home without being injured. Several other shots were then fired into his home, he told investigators.

Gadberry then attempted to escape through the back door of his home, but Chad Winsett was waiting for him and began to fire a gun at Gadberry, the victim said.

Investigators recovered several spent shell casings at the scene, along with an empty Glock handgun magazine, a Zippo cigarette lighter, and other items.

The following day, deputies allegedly were at Gadberry’s home when Margaret Winsett called Gadberry’s phone and asked him what kind of casket he wanted. She was arrested a short time later for shooting with intent to kill, but told investigators she’d been at a funeral in Hallett, Okla., the day of the shooting, and that she didn’t shoot at Gadberry’s home.

She also reportedly told investigators another family member was at the funeral the same day, but deputies had performed a traffic stop on that man near S.H. 10 shortly after the shooting was reported.

Shooting from a vehicle with intent to kill is punishable by two years to life in prison. Margaret Winsett also faces a felony count of placing bodily fluids on a government employee for allegedly spitting on a deputy while she was being arrested. That crime is punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

Chad Winsett’s charge of feloniously discharging a firearm into a dwelling could be punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

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