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Brother questions story; McLemore family wants independent investigation

The family of Blountstown Middle School coach Tranum McLemore is demanding an independent investigation of his death from multiple gunshot wounds. As reported in last week’s edition of The County Record, McLemore, 35, died following an alleged domestic dispute with his wife, Winter, at their home on Hoecake Road in Bristol. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office immediately concluded the death was a suicide. However, family members question how a suicide could be determined so quickly when six shots were fired from McLemore’s Ruger 9MM semi-automatic pistol. He was pierced by bullets in three places – his shoulder, leg and head. Not a typical suicide. According to the LCSO, the couple was in the midst of marital problems when a discussion over divorce plans turned violent, with Tranum allegedly choking Winter. Around 9 p.m., she fled the home and made the five minute drive to the Sheriff’s Office. “She had to leave to save her life,” Sheriff Conyers remarked last week, adding Winter thought she heard two gunshots as she was leaving. Inside the home were the couple’s three daughters, ages 2, 5, and 10, who were unharmed. As deputies arrived on scene, Winter’s sister drove up and took the girls. The whole scenario has Tranum’s brother, Klenton, baffled. With the McLemore home near a half dozen other houses, he questions why Winter didn’t run to a neighbor to call 911 and summon help. “She never called 911, she drove straight to the Sheriff’s Office and told them that she was abused by my brother,” says Klenton. “If someone you cared about just shot himself, wouldn’t you call for an ambulance? Would you call your sister, but not medical help? Would you leave your three children inside with a person that you thought just ‘lost it’?” Klenton says Tranum was an athlete who was accustomed to high pressure situations, causing him to doubt he snapped. He says the divorce plans were nothing new and his brother had already made living arrangements. “Tranum related that he was happy because he had it worked out where he could still see his kids most of the time.” Tranum wasn’t someone who pulled a gun out on a frequent basis either, according to Klenton. In fact, he says the Ruger was one he was using to teach Winter how to shoot, noting he had enrolled her in a gun safety course just a few months ago. Also troubling to Klenton is the fact his brother made comments on more than one occasion to more than one person that he would never take his own life. Over the past week, Klenton has contacted Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office, Governor Rick Scott’s office and several other agencies seeking assistance. Because Winter McLemore has an uncle, Inv. Dussia Shuler, and great-uncle, Col. Brigham Shuler, employed by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, he feels there is a conflict of interest in the case and wants an independent investigation. Both have reportedly been involved in the case. The County Record contacted the LCSO Monday and was told by the spokesperson (Winter’s great-uncle) the case was being closed by their agency based on initial verbal reports from FDLE and the Medical Examiner’s Office. Final reports from these two agencies will not be released for up to eight weeks. However, the spokesperson says, upon receipt, they will be added as supplemental reports and placed in the case file. Does this mean the case is closed? The County Record asked. “It is in my mind,” the spokesperson responded. A message left for Sheriff Donnie Conyers, as well as one for Winter McLemore, were not returned as of press time late Tuesday morning. On behalf of his family, Klenton has vowed to get to the truth, no matter where it leads. “If I see evidence that proves my suspicions wrong, I will admit it and apologize,” he says. Klenton asks anyone with information on this case to call him at 334-701-3645.

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