Alleged Madison County Shooter Appears In Court

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

April 4, 2006

The Madison County man accused of shooting a woman in the face, and pointing a gun at others, returned to court Tuesday morning.

Everyone in the courtroom got an idea of what happened during that February morning. Everyone heard detailed testimony from the victim Elizabeth Woodward and an eyewitness inside the leasing office during the shooting. Woodward's testimony, often given with anger, painted a clear picture of how it happened.

Woodward testified during the preliminary hearing that James Winstead shot a gun four times--hitting her twice--once in the face and once in the side.

The victim said she dropped to her knees, lied herself on the floor gargling her own blood, while praying to God with her eyes closed. An eyewitness also told the judge, Winstead stated, "he was a known gangster in Fairfax, Virginia" before also pointing the gun at her.

Tuesday morning the judge moved the case on to a grand jury.

"If they return an indictment of a true bill, then [it will] go forward eventually into an arraignment and trial," said Kirk Milam, the attorney for James Winstead.

The next step is the grand jury investigation which will take place May 1 in Madison county. Winstead remains charged with aggravated malicious wounding, and use of a firearm.

An interesting note from Tuesday's hearing, was the fact that the victim knew her alleged shooter's sister who lives in Georgia. The sister did make it to Madison for the hearing, and says she has no hard feelings, for neither her brother or the victim.

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