New Details in Deadly Domestic Dispute

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Bristol- Klenton McLemore opened up Monday about the recent loss of his younger brother Tranum McLemore.

"He really meant a lot and touched a lot of people in a lot of ways, of course disbelief," said McLemore.

Liberty County Sheriff's invetigators said McLemore and his wife Winter got into a fight at their home last Wednesday night. They said Winter escaped and went to the sheriff's office. Sheriff Donnie Conyers said while she was gone, Tranum then shot himself three times.

"First shot appeared to be in the arm area, the second shot in the head area, the third shot went to his leg," said Conyers.

But Klenton McLemore said he doesn't believe his brother alone is responsible.

"When something doesn't add up, you can't help what you feel and what you think," said McLemore.

Monday, Sheriff Conyers said the couple's three children were home the night of the shooting. Klenton McLemore said that's another detail that doesn't add up.

"It doesn't make sense that my brother as much as he adored those children would've ever hurt himself with those children at home," said McLemore.

News Channel 7 also confirmed Monday Tranum's wife Winter is related to some members of the sheriff's department, but Sheriff Conyers said that did not have any effect on their handling of the case.

"This is a roughly small county. That's one of the largest families in the county. We investigate every call, when we get a call we go," said Conyers.

The Florida Sheriff's Association issued a statement Monday that read in part, "In small counties, it is not uncommon for law enforcement to know or be related to someone in a case. Regardless of the situation, sheriffs and their deputies are trained to be fair and impartial in their work."

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  • by Your Daddy Location: Small Town USA on Apr 14, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    Alias, go ahead and contact every "national outlet" you know. You're not as important as you think you are. Small town communities are what made this country what they are today. There are problems everywhere weather it be domestic violence, drug abuse, etc. People think small towns are supposed to be exempt from common problems but we're not. The local law inforcement will do their best to cross the T's and dot the I's. In the meantime, take your comments back to your mother and write a book about how important you are.
  • by clark Location: sand hills on Apr 13, 2012 at 01:15 PM
    i knew him when he coached at liberty county high. i thought he was still there. when and why did he leave i thought he was happy. im sorry family was a good man
  • by ALIAS on Apr 13, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    No one deserves to lose their life.....but if someone is living with an abusive spouse than they haven't had their life for years. The impact of living in a home with physical abuse it extreme for Winter and for her girls. Yes, this was their dad, but what kind of man beats someone to the point that 4 days later at the funeral the aftermath still resides all over her face. Sometimes a life has to be lost to save the life of other innocent people, I hope peace will surround Winter and her girls. No one can know the torture someone goes through until they have lived in an abusive home, if he lost his life to save others than seems like divine intervention to me.
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      by Speculation Free on Apr 14, 2012 at 04:47 AM in reply to ALIAS
      You speak of this "abusive home" as though you lived in it and experienced it first hand; Like you were there that night. Hell, maybe you were there that night. Wouldn't surprise me at all that someone with your perspective would be involved. There is absolutely NO evidence that there was any type of long term abuse in that household. That point of view alone is pure speculation and void of any factual foundation. To your "...what kind of man beats someone to the point that 4 days later at the funeral the aftermath still resides all over her face" question, the only people saying that those injuries were a result of anything Tranum did are the same group of people who find it likely he shot HIMSELF three times. Outrageous!! "No one can know the torture someone goes through until they have lived in an abusive home..."? Show me the proof that this is the case. Show me the proof that prior to April 4th, this was an "abusive home". Your final thought is sickening by the way. "... if he lost his life to save others [then] seems like divine intervention to me". Are you serious? So now, not only are you an expert at drawing speculation and assumption from nonexistent facts, but you're a religious scholar as well? We live in a society of laws. If Tranum had bruised knuckles at any point in his short life, he deserved to be charged with the crime of battery/domestic violence. He did not deserve to die, and he did not shoot himself three times. You know it just as well as I do.
  • by Me Location: Here on Apr 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM
    Someone (other than this local-yokel "law enforcement") needs to look into a motive. I bet there are a few, and my guess is that Uncle Dussey knows about them.
  • by Klenton and Kamala Mclemore on Apr 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM
    Our family has suffered a devastating blow in the recent loss of our son, Tranum. In our view, it would be a disservice to Tranum and our memory of him to accept this recent suicide ruling as the indisputable truth based on the available facts. That being said, it would be just as severe a disservice to Tranum and our family to attempt to personally indict any one person in particular via the court of public opinion with statements based in speculation which at this point can lead only to blatant conjecture. It is in no way our intention to undermine the efforts of the local and state authorities, but more to bring light to the possibility that there may be more to this case than meets the eye. Law enforcement and the justice system have a serious role to play here. We wish only for the investigation into Tranum’s death to continue on the local and state level with a focus on finding out what really happened on that fateful night. Most importantly, we ask that every person reading this remembers that there are three beautiful young children who lost their father last week, and many other people who lost a friend... a coach… a cousin… an uncle… a nephew… a brother… a grandson... a husband... a son.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM in reply to Klenton and Kamala Mclemore
      I am so very sorry for your loss, may God bless you and your family!
  • by Alias Location: The Real World on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    I don't buy this story as it stands. People don't shoot themselves three times. I shall refrain from be so bold to point a finger at anyone in particular as that would be unfair without having all of the facts... "Facts", unfortunately, that are being managed and presented by what seems to be a small town/ small budget/ large family influenced system. I will, however, be bold enough to point the finger AWAY from Tranum. Tranum Mclemore did NOT shoot himself three times. I am on the verge of contacting one national outlet in particular and giving them this story... A story I am sure they will be interested in sharing on the national stage in light of another recent case of Florida INjustice (I think you know the one I mean). A group whose administrators I have a direct line to. And if I can't get them to pick it up, I'll go for every national news outlet I can find until someone agrees to put it out there. The only thing stopping me from doing so immediately is the thought of Tranum's family and his three beautiful daughters having to be exposed to any more attention than is absolutely necessary. With all due respect, keep up the "...he had it coming" comments and your little corner of the world and all of its dirty little secrets may find a spotlight shining brighter than you could possibly imagine. Not everyone lives in a rural area. Not everyone has to play by your small town rules. That being said, I will keep it to myself just long enough for a real investigation to take place. If that doesn't happen in a just, objective, and effective manner, I'll start a campaign of my own.
  • by Anonymous Location: BRISTOL on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    Sounds like a text book "Florida STAND your GROUND LAW" if I've ever heard of one.
  • by anonymous Location: local on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:24 PM
    I can never know how much the family is hurting from the loss of a son, father, cousin or nephew. I do however pray that the family does not get so wrapped up in trying to find answers in his death that his three daughters he left behind will somehow mistakingly witness the grownups hunt for the truth when what his children need is for his immediate family to rally around them and make them feel safe, secure and loved in their world again. These children are going to have a long road before they can fully recover from this tragedy. I know your hurting but remember the children are too. I will keep you in my prayers.
  • by Edna Roberts Location: Ebro, Florida on Apr 10, 2012 at 01:07 PM
    To the McLemore Family my deepest thoughts and prayers go to each and every one of you. I know this is the hardest thing to ever deal with and I wish you the strength to make it through each day. I hope this doesn't get pushed under the rug because in the small counties it seem to happen. I have a niece that has cried to mom because she knows that he didn't do that. He was great with the kids and when a 10 yr old cries and says what she does. It hurts. I hope justice will be served and no matter what family she came from she needs to tell the whole story and anyone else who knows anything. If not for anyone the McLemore family but also the kids.
  • by Duane Location: florida on Apr 10, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    His wife showed up at the Sheriff's office, badly beaten............If she shot him, he had it comming!!!!!!!
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