man arrested, charged in domestic dispute
Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer
Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel has filed
formal charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent
Felon, Strangulation and Domestic Battery against Clifford H.
Winters Jr. (Doc), 44, of Osgood.
Those charges stem from an incident that occurred on August 30
when Winters is accused of going to his wifes home at 146
W. Wilson Street in Osgood where she says he beat and strangled
her, according to the Affidavit for Probable Cause.
According to the filed paperwork, the reporting officer noted
that the victim had obviously been involved in a fight because
she was bleeding from her head and nose. She told the officer
that Winters had done this to her. There were two of the couples
children at the home at the time who intervened on her behalf,
she told police.
When the officer, Deputy Rob Bradley of the Ripley County Sheriffs
Office went to look for Winters, who had fled the residence where
the alleged domestic battery occurred, he found him at 508 Leslie
Street. The Probable Cause Affidavit says he was unable
to obtain a statement from him (Winters) due to a self-inflicted
This is where the Indiana State Police took over the investigation
and according to Detective Tracy Rohlfings report, a .38
caliber handgun with two rounds spent was removed from Winters
as law enforcement came to his aid.
The report noted that several police officers were at the residence
with Winters when the gun was fired. He noted, It was plainly
apparent that Winters shot himself. It was also noted that
a suicide note was found in Winters belongings that appeared
to have been signed by Winters.
Since Winters had a previous conviction in Decatur County of Dealing
in a Narcotic Drug in 1984, he was charged with being a serious
violent felon in possession of a handgun.
Winters was taken to the University Hospital in Cincinnati via
helicopter for his self-inflicted gunshot wound where he was in
serious condition. He was eventually released from the hospital
and on September 17 charges were filed against him and a warrant
put out for his arrest. He was taken into custody and at press
time was still incarcerated at the Ripley County Jail under $75,000
bail, which means he needs $7,550 to get out of jail.
A jury trial has been set in the matter for February 23 at 9 a.m.
in Ripley County Circuit Court.